Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 12th September 2013.

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Photo of Michael Dugher Michael Dugher Shadow Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the rates of staff (a) absence and (b) sickness absence in his Department in each of the past five years were; and what the departmental targets were in each case.

Photo of Gregory Barker Gregory Barker The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

Staff who joined DECC before 31 March 2013 are entitled to 31½ days annual leave per year; staff who joined after that date are entitled to a maximum of 30 days annual leave per year. There are no targets on how much leave will be taken. DECC does not hold centrally information on annual leave taken and to answer this question would incur disproportionate costs.

The following table shows the number of days sickness absence recorded for DECC.

As at 1 April to 31 March each year Average working days lost
2009-10 4.4
2010-11 3.1
2011-12 3.6
2012-13 2.7

DECC has a target to ensure the annual working days lost figure remains below the civil service average, which it has met.

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