CMI: “Statistics compiled by the Office for National Statistics have revealed that, although the sickness absence rate for men and women has fallen, women are 42 per cent more likely to be off of work due to illness. It also found that those aged 65 and over were also more likely to take time off sick, compared to those who are younger.
In total, 131 million days were lost due to sickness absences in the UK in 2013, down from 178 million days in 1993. Minor illnesses were the most common reason given for sickness absence but more days were lost to back, neck and muscle pain than any other cause.
In 2013, men lost around 1.6 per cent of their hours due to sickness, a fall of 1.1 percentage points from 1993, when 2.7 per cent of men’s hours were lost to sickness. Over the same period, women have seen a reduction of their hours lost from 3.8 per cent to 2.6 per cent”.