Department for International Trade: Sick Leave

Department for International Trade 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 International Trade, 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 his Department's inception.

Photo of George Hollingbery George Hollingbery Minister of State (International Trade)

The number of working days sick leave taken for mental health reasons by employees working for the Department for International Trade (DIT) and UK Export Finance (UKEF) in each year since its inception is shown in the table below. The data includes any absence recorded as either Depression or Anxiety/Stress and includes staff working in the UK and overseas.


Core DIT

July 2016 – June 2017



July 2016 – June 2017


The data above is taken from entries that are self-reported in the department’s HR systems by employees.

The data is restricted to June 2017 in order to permit comparison with wider civil service data which is available at

The department recognises and takes seriously the wellbeing of its employees and has now put in place mental health first aiders who can provide a range of support to both employees and managers.

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