The cost to UK businesses from absenteeism runs to nearly £32bn a year, reports our sister site HR Zone.
From research among 2,000 companies PwC consultants estimated that UK workers take 10 unauthorised days off from work each year. The number is similar to the average level of absenteeism in Western Europe (9.7 days), but is significantly higher than the 4.5 days average in Asia, and the US rate of 5.5 days.
PwC HR consulting partner Richard Phelps said a conservative estimate of the cost to UK business was £32bn, given that it reflects only the direct cost of absence and not those costs related to lost productivity or potentially replacing staff to fill gaps.
“Absenteeism is a malaise for British business,” he said.