HSE Statistics days lost icon

Working days lost in Great Britain

Important Note

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the government’s response has impacted recent trends in health and safety statistics published by HSE. It has also affected certain data collections and consequently, no new data on working days lost is available for 2020/21. More details can be found in our report on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

38.8 million

Estimated working days lost due to work-related ill health and non-fatal workplace injuries in 2019/20 (LFS)

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

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

working days lost per worker due to work-related ill health and workplace injuries 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
2000/01 1.73 1.61 1.85
2002/03 0 1.56 1.80
2003/04 1.62 1.50 1.74
2004/05 1.49 1.38 1.61
2005/06 1.28 1.18 1.39
2006/07 1.49 1.37 1.62
2007/08 1.39 1.28 1.51
2008/09 1.22 1.11 1.33
2009/10 1.19 1.08 1.31
2010/11 1.10 0.98 1.22
2011/12 1.14 1.02 1.25
2012/13 0 1.02 1.26
2013/14 1.14 1.03 1.26
2014/15 1.09 0.98 1.20
2015/16 1.19 1.07 1.31
2016/17 1.21 1.08 1.33
2017/18 1.17 1.04 1.30
2018/19 1.06 0.94 1.18
2019/20 1.45 1.27 1.63

Trend statements

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)
  • No new data on working days lost is available for 2020/21. Previously published data on working days lost relating to earlier periods can be found in archived tables
  • The detailed data included in the charts can be found in the following archived tables:
Updated 2021-05-10