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Working days lost in Great Britain

Working days lost, 2019/20

Workplace injuries and ill health Estimated working days lost
Work-related ill health 32.5
Non-fatal workplace injuries 6.3

Chart notes

Source: Labour Force Survey (LFS) self-reported estimates

  • Stress, depression or anxiety and musculoskeletal disorders accounted for the majority of days lost due to work-related ill health, 17.9 million and 8.9 million respectively.
  • On average, each person suffering took around 17.6 days off work. This varies as follows:
    • 9.1 days for Injuries
    • 20.0 days for Ill health cases
    • 21.6 days for Stress, depression or anxiety
    • 18.4 days for Musculoskeletal disorders

Working days lost per worker due to work-related ill health and workplace injuries

Working days lost per worker due to self-reported work-related illness or injury has been broadly flat in recent years, although 2019/20 is above recent rates

Year Days lost per worker Days lost Lower Bound Days lost Upper Bound
2000 1.73 1.61 1.85
2002 1.68 1.56 1.80
2003 1.62 1.50 1.74
2004 1.49 1.38 1.61
2005 1.28 1.18 1.39
2006 1.49 1.37 1.62
2007 1.39 1.28 1.51
2008 1.22 1.11 1.33
2009 1.19 1.08 1.31
2010 1.10 0.98 1.22
2011 1.14 1.02 1.25
2012 1.14 1.02 1.26
2013 1.14 1.03 1.26
2014 1.09 0.98 1.20
2015 1.19 1.07 1.31
2016 1.21 1.08 1.33
2017 1.17 1.04 1.30
2018 1.06 0.94 1.18
2019 1.45 1.27 1.63

Chart notes

Source: Labour Force Survey (LFS) self-reported estimates

  • The years displayed represent the start of each financial
  • Shaded area represents 95% confidence interval
  • Days lost per worker data are not available in 2002/03 and 2012/13, represented by estimated data.
  • Working days lost per worker due to self-reported work-related illness or injury has been broadly flat in recent years, although 2019/20 is above recent rates

Notes

More information on working days lost

  • Data source: Labour Force Survey (LFS) (estimates of working days lost due to self–reported work-related ill health and workplace injuries)
  • The detailed data included in the charts can be found in the following tables:
Updated 2020-11-04