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A government-backed review into sickness absence has found that staff absenteeism costs the British taxpayer £13 billion a year

The review was commissioned by the Government in February, with the aim of finding ways to reduce sickness absence in both the public and private sectors.

According to the findings of the review, 11 million employees take sick leave every year, with 300,000 going on to claim health-related benefits.

The country as a whole, meanwhile, misses out on £15 billion in economic output every year as a result of sickness absence.

By using LeaveMaster in conjunction with the Bradford Factor, you can reduce the level of annual sickness absence in your organisation.

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As we revealed in a blog last week, the latest CIPD absence management survey has found that the average UK employee takes more than seven sick days a year.

The survey has equally insightful findings regarding the cost of absence.

According to the survey, on average, absenteeism cost British organisations £673 per
employee last year. This rose to £743 per member of staff for organisations in the non-profit sector and £800 per employee for organisations in the public sector.

However, despite the high cost of staff absence, fewer than half of the employers surveyed for the CIPD report said they monitored how much absenteeism costs them.

The most efficient and effective way to monitor and reduce staff absenteeism is to use an absence management solution such as LeaveMaster in conjunction with the Bradford Factor.

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According to the latest CIPD absence management survey, the average employee in the UK takes 7.7 days of absence a year.

However, employees working in the non-profit sector take 8.8 days off sick each year while staff working in the public sector are absent for an average of 9.1 days every year.

The CIPD 2011 absence management survey also reveals that short-term staff absences account for two-thirds of all working time lost in the UK every year.

You can download the survey for free here.

Or to find out how you can use LeaveMaster and the Bradford Factor to reduce absenteeism in your organisation, click here.

According to a survey of small companies although small businesses do not experience the same high levels of absenteeism as larger companies, absenteeism stills impacts their bottom line.

The survey was conducted by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). They found that, on average, small businesses only experience 2.4 days of sickness absence per employee each year, which is significantly lower than the national average of 7.7 days per employee per year.

However, the FSB also found that, in the last year, sickness absence cost small companies an average of £1,500, while 9% of small businesses lost more than £5,000 as a result of absenteeism.
Companies of all sizes, from small to medium sized enterprises to large businesses, use LeaveMaster to reduce their absenteeism levels and streamline their absence management processes.

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Allowing bars and pubs to stay open longer in England and Wales has led to an increase in workplace absenteeism, a study has found.

The study was conducted by researchers from Lancaster University Management School. They examined absence rates before and after the 2005 Licensing Act, which allowed pubs and bars to legally stay open past 11pm. They found that absence rates were 1% higher after the change in the licensing law, which across the English and Welsh workforces amounts to an estimated 660,000 extra sick days.

By using LeaveMaster in conjunction with the Bradford Factor, you can identify employees who routinely take unwarranted sick days and reduce the level of absenteeism in your organisation.

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