West Midlands comes mid-table in national sickie league

Can lead to this? A World War 2 propaganda poster warns about absenteeism

Can lead to this? A World War 2 propaganda poster on absenteeism

West Midlands workers contributed to the 131 million days lost due to sickness absences in the UK last year, according to official figures.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed that the region had an absenteeism rate of 2.2%, which was better than the North East (2.4%) but much worse than London (1.5%). 

The study found that minor illnesses were the most common reason given for workers phoning in sick, but more days were lost to back, neck and muscle pain than any other cause.

The ONS also said that sickness absence rates have fallen for both men and women since 1993, with men consistently having a lower sickness absence rate than women.

In addition, the research revealed that of the larger public sector organisations sickness rates are highest for those working in the health sector.

In fact, self-employed people are less likely than employees to have a spell of sickness.

Sickness absence rates across Great Britain, October 2012 to September 2013

Regional ratings: Sickness absence rates across Great Britain, October 2012 to September 2013

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