Civil Servants: Absenteeism

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 11th June 2014.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Labour, Vale of Clwyd

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many days of employee absence there were in each Government Department in each of the last 10 years.

Photo of Francis Maude Francis Maude The Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office

It is for individual Departments to provide detailed information on absence for each of the last 10 years.

This Government are working to reduce civil service absence levels and we know that the average days lost per employee has fallen from 8.7 in June 2010 to 7.4 in December 2013. Average working days lost per staff year are now at their lowest reported figure since 1999, while the total number of days lost in the civil service is at its lowest recorded level.

The figures for the Cabinet Office are:

  Days
December 2003 3.5
December 2004 3.0
December 2005 4.2
2005-06 4.1
2006-07 3.3
2007-08 4.8
2008-09 4.8
2009-10 3.6
2010-11 4.0
2011-12 3.7
2012-13 2.7
Year to December 2013 2.5

and can be found online here at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cabinet-office-absence-data

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