Simon Harris: State must get its own house in order on level of sick leave
Workers in the private sector take almost half the number of days off, writes Simon Harris
BACK in the Eighties, the rate of sick leave in the public sector was about 3.3 per cent. By the end of 2007, that figure had very nearly doubled, rising to almost 6 per cent. That's a lot of extra sick days. Thousands, if not tens of thousands, of extra sick days.
Now, these aren't my figures. They come directly from the Comptroller & Auditor General's report on the issue. To read that report is immediately to wonder why people working for the State are taking more sick days now than in the Eighties.
Puzzling -- and relevant, at a time when there is so much discussion about public sector reform, achieving savings and incentivising employees based on performance.