Department for Education: Sick Leave

Department for Education written question – answered on 15th January 2018.

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Photo of Tom Brake Tom Brake Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (International Trade), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Exiting the European Union)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of officials in her Department took sick leave for reasons relating to stress in the last year; and what proportion of total sick leave in her Department that leave was.

Photo of Tom Brake Tom Brake Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (International Trade), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Exiting the European Union)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many days' sick leave officials in her Department took for reasons relating to stress in the last year.

Photo of Tom Brake Tom Brake Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (International Trade), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Exiting the European Union)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the cost was to her Department as a result of officials taking sick leave in the last year.

Photo of Nadhim Zahawi Nadhim Zahawi The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The number of employees in the Department for Education from December 2016 to December 2017 who were absent due to stress was 102, this represented 2% of the total workforce. The proportion of sickness absence related to stress was 14% of the overall sickness absence for the department.

The total amount of sickness absence days in the Department for Education from December 2016 to December 2017 due to stress was 2652.

The estimated cost to the department from December 2016 to December 2017 for employees taking sickness absence, is estimated at £2,700,000.

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