Britain lost 131 million work days to sickness in 2011
London, May 15 (Xinhua-ANI): Official figures show that around 131 million working days in Britain were lost to sickness absence last year, according to official figures released on Tuesday.
But the figure was 26 percent fall since 1993 despite an increase in total employment from around 25 million people to about 29 million, said the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
The average number of days lost per worker is now down to 4.5 a year, which is a fall from a recent peak of 7.2 days, per worker, in 1995.
The most common reason given for sickness in 2011 was minor illnesses such as coughs, colds and flu.
"This type of illness tends to have short durations and the greatest number of working days lost was actually due to musculoskeletal problems to amount to 34.4 million days," said ONS.
Musculoskeletal problems include symptoms such as back, neck and upper limb problems. (Xinhua-ANI)
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