Government Departments: Staff Absence

House of Lords written question – answered on 14th May 2009.

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Photo of Baroness Warsi Baroness Warsi Shadow Minister (Community Cohesion), Communities and Local Government

To ask Her Majesty's Government what the rates of staff (a) absence, and (b) sickness absence, were at (1) the Department for Transport, and (2) each of its agencies and non-departmental public bodies, in each of the past three years; and what the targets for the department were in each case.

Photo of Lord Adonis Lord Adonis Minister of State, Department for Transport, Minister of State (Department for Transport)

The information requested for absence (a) can only be provided at disproportionate cost.

Sickness absence is monitored by the central department and its agencies on a monthly basis. All figures are shown in average working days lost (AWDL) over the period of the calendar year:

2006 2007 2008 2010-11 Cabinet Office Target
DfT(c) 5.5 5.5 5.1 3.7*
DSA 13.7 15.0 12.5 10.0*
DVLA 13.1 13.1 10.0 9.2*
GCDA 12.2 8.8 10.6 6.7*
HA 6.4 8.7 8.4 5.0*
MCA 7.1 7.8 5.0 5.0*
VCA 5.4 4.3 6.6 5.0*
VOSA 9.1 11.4 8.8 7.4*
DFT 10.2 11.0 8.9 7.5

* Internal Target. The only Cabinet Office target is 7.5 days AWDL for the entire department. Individual targets have been set internally across the central department and the agencies to help us reach this overall departmental target.

The figures to 2006 have been previously published in the National Audit Office Report: The management of staff sickness absence in the Department for Transport and its agencies. The figures are based on an agreed departmental reporting methodology. Figures for 2007 onwards are in accordance with the Cabinet Office reporting methodology introduced for all government departments.

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