Working days lost
The total number of working days lost due to cases of work-related ill health and workplace injuries has generally followed a downward trend since the start of the last decade, but shows signs of levelling off in recent years.
The latest information from the Labour Force Survey shows:
- The estimated number of working days lost has fallen from around 39.5 million in 2000-02 to 27.3 million in 2014/15.
- In 2014/15, 23.3 million days were lost due to work-related ill health and 4.1 million due to workplace injuries.
- On average, each person suffering took around 15 days off work, 19 days for ill health cases and 6.7 for injuries.
- Stress, depression or anxiety and musculoskeletal disorders accounted for the majority of days lost due to work-related ill health, 9.9 and 9.5 million days respectively.
- The average days lost per case for stress, depression or anxiety (23 days) was higher than for musculoskeletal disorders (17 days).
Estimated working days lost due to work-related incidents
Note: 95% confidence interval on average +/- 9% on the total
- No data on working days lost was collected in 2002/03, and only data for injuries in 2012/13.
- 2000/01-2013/14 results were revised in October 2015. LFS data sets were reweighted to reflect new population estimates based on the 2011 Census (back to mid-2001), and improvements were made to the days lost methodology (2000/01 - 2013/14).
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