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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.
|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|
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.