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Sick Leave

Justice written question – answered on 10th July 2013.

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Photo of Mike Freer Mike Freer Conservative, Finchley and Golders Green

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many days on average staff of his Department in each pay grade were absent from work as a result of ill health in each of the last 12 months.

Photo of Helen Grant Helen Grant The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Women and Equalities

The information requested for the Ministry of Justice is available for each quarter on a rolling 12-month basis in accordance with Cabinet Office reporting guidance:

Average working days lost per person
Reporting month: June2012 September 2012 December 2012 March 2013
Reporting period: 1 July 2011 to30 June 2012 1 October 2011 to30 September 2012 1 January 2012 to31 December 2012 1 April 2012 to31 March 2013
AA 11.3 11.7 11.9 11.9
AO 10.3 10.5 10.7 10.9
EO 8.6 8.5 8.7 8.7
HEO 5.2 5.9 5.5 5.7
SEO 5.5 5.4 5.8 5.8
G7 2.9 3.2 3.8 4.0
G6 3.6 3.2 2.5 3.0
SCS 1.5 1.7 2.3 2.3
Total 9.4 9.6 9.8 9.9

A large proportion of staff absence is in the Prison Service and the challenges they face do not bear direct comparison with the working conditions of most civil servants. They perform a difficult, physical and sometimes dangerous job. Reducing sickness absence aligns with my Department's Smarter Government commitments and remains a workforce strategy priority within the Department.

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