131 million days: according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) this was the number of days of work lost to UK businesses due to sickness in 2013.
Sound costly? It was. In the same year, research from PwC showed that the annual cost of sickness absence to UK business was £29 billion, with UK employees taking an average of 9.1 days sick leave per year.
Interesting the ONS did find some variation in the amount of sickness taken by employees working in different occu