Chief Minister Allan Bell has welcomed a further significant reduction in the level of staff sickness absence across the government.
Latest figures show a 12 per cent drop in the number of days lost per employee – 4.43 for April to December 2013, compared with 5.03 days for the corresponding period in 2012. That represents an overall cost saving of almost £1 million.
The most common reasons for staff absences include musculoskeletal problems, operations, hospitalisation and stress, anxiety, depression, which together account for 53.6 per cent of days lost.
One of Mr Bell’s first actions following his election as Chief Minister in 2011 was to ask the Office of Human Resources to produce a strategy to address staff sickness absence and provide regular updates for the Council of Ministers.
He said: ‘The vast majority of our staff are extremely conscientious and most cases of absence are genuine. The latest figures are another step in the right direction, but there is still room for improvement.’