Departmental Absenteeism

Innovation, Universities and Skills written question – answered on 21st April 2008.

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Photo of John Hayes John Hayes Shadow Minister (14-19 Reform and Apprenticeships)

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the average annual absence rate amongst civil servants in his Department was in the last three years.

Photo of David Lammy David Lammy Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills) (Skills)

DIUS was created by Machinery of Government Changes in July 2007 from elements of the then Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Department for Education and Skills (DfES).

There are records of average working days lost per employee due to illness for the period from July to December 2007. DIUS continues to rely for this information on the computer systems of the departments from which it transferred staff at its inception. These show average working days lost per employee in the six month period of 2.7 for ex-DTI employees and 4.1 for ex-DfES employees.

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