UK: Masters in the art of malingering.

UK: Masters in the art of malingering. - Sickness absenteeism across Britain's industrial sectors.

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Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

Sickness absenteeism across Britain's industrial sectors.

The public sector, it seems, is rather, ahem, better at lead-swinging than it's private counterpart. Given that industries such as mining and construction can boast sickness levels of more than a third lower, those working for the state would do well to ask themselves how bad that headache really is.

RANK SECTOR AVERAGE NO.

SICK DAYS PER

EMPLOYEE

1 Government agencies 10.6

2 Education and training 10.4

3 NHS Trust 9.9

4 Local government 9.2

5 Food and drink 7.9

6 Chemical 7.8

7 Utilities 7.7

8 Media and broadcasting 7.5

9 Other services 7.4

10 Professional services 7.3

11= Other 6.8

11= Retail and wholesale 6.8

11= Transport and distribution 6.8

14 General manufacturing 6.7

15 Financial services 6.3

16= Paper and packaging 6.0

16= Publishing 6.0

18 Hi-tech 5.8

19 Pharmaceuticals 5.7

20 Hotels and leisure 4.6

21 Construction 4.2

22 Oil/mining 3.3

Source: CBI.

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