Reduce Absenteeism

Working Days Lost

During the last decade the total number of days taken off work due to work-related illness and workplace injuries has fallen. The latest information from the Labour Force Survey shows:

  • In 2011/12, around 27.0 million working days were lost in total, 22.7 million due to work-related illness and 4.3 million due to workplace injuries.
  • On average, each person suffering took around 17 days off work, 21 days for ill health and 7.3 days for injuries on average.
  • A more recent estimate for injuries indicates that 5.2 million days were lost in 2012/13 (no data is available for ill health), on average 8.1 days per injury.
  • The number of working days lost has fallen over the past decade.
  • Stress, depression or anxiety and musculoskeletal disorders accounted for the majority of days lost due to work-related ill health, 10.4 and 7.5 million days respectively.
  • The average days lost per case for stress, depression or anxiety (24 days) was higher than for musculoskeletal disorders (17 days).


2011/12 Days Lost


Days Off

Average Days Off Per Person



2012/13 Injury Days



Stress, Depression or Anxiety