Departmental Sick Leave

Defence written question – answered on 25th October 2010.

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Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel Conservative, Witham

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many officials in his Department have had (a) fewer than five days, (b) five to 10 days, (c) 10 to 15 days, (d) 15 to 20 days, (e) 20 to 25 days, (f) 25 to 50 days, (g) 50 to 75 days, (h) 75 to 100 days, (i) 100 to 150 days, (j) 150 to 200 days, (k) more than 200 days, (l) more than three months, (m) more than six months and (n) one year on paid sick leave (i) consecutively and (ii) in total in each year since 1997.

Photo of Andrew Robathan Andrew Robathan The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The Ministry of Defence is committed to reducing sickness absence, and occupational health advice and support is available to all employees and their line managers. Guidance and training is available to line managers on managing absence; we actively encourage the use of return to work interviews and have trigger points in place for the commencement of management action. We are currently reviewing all of our absence policies.

Data on the number of working days taken by civilian staff in the format required cannot be provided without incurring disproportionate costs. The Cabinet Office has published annual sickness absence reports for the civil service from 2003 to 2007, these can be viewed at the following website:

From January 2008 the MOD has submitted sickness absence rates to the Cabinet Office in terms of the total number of days lost through sickness absence split between short-term and long-term sickness absence. Long-term absence is defined as over 28 consecutive calendar days.

The following table shows the number of days lost through sickness absence over a rolling 12-month period. The table includes non-industrial and industrial staff and the staff of the four MOD Trading Funds, but excludes staff in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary and locally engaged civilians for whom sickness absence data is not readily available.

Period of sickness absence Days lost (short - term) Days lost (long - term)
1 January 2007 to 31 December 2007 319,308 374,023
1 April 2007 to 31 March 2008 303,718 361,559
1 July 2007 to 30 June 2008 300,973 328,816
1 October 2007 to 30 September 2008 297,951 325,799
1 January 2008 to 31 December 2008 297,671 316,404
1 April 2008 to 31 March 2009 291,174 304,924
1 July 2008 to 30 June 2009 283,007 299,880
1 October 2008 to 30 September 2009 288,527 296,960
1 January 2009 to 31 December 2009 284,930 296,752
1 April 2009 to 31 March 2010 288,126 303,616
1 July 2009 to 30 June 2010 284,369 300,357

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