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 occupations. Those employed in caring, leisure & other services were off sick for an average of 3.2% of working hours in the year; in comparison, managers and senior officials took the least amount of time off sick at only 1