Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Sick Leave

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 19th September 2018.

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Photo of Justin Madders Justin Madders Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Labour), Shadow Minister (Health and Social Care)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of days of sick leave taken by staff in his Department for mental health reasons in each year since 2010.

Photo of Alan Duncan Alan Duncan Minister of State

The number of days of sick absence taken by staff in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) for mental health reasons in each year since 2010 recorded on HR systems was as follows:

2010: 2,159

2011: 888

2012: 4,974

2013: 4,730

2014: 3,123

2015: 2,180:

2016: 4,772:

2017: 4,734

2018 (up until 30 June*): 1,764

* It is standard practice to report a year's worth of sickness absence data on a quarterly basis (in arrears). Our last quarterly reporting period was until June 2018.

The figures above relate to FCO UK-based staff only, and do not include local staff employed by missions overseas, for whom records are not held centrally.

"Mental health" includes any absence recorded in the categories of depression, mental illness and stress.

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