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Lawyers 'take most sick days'

22/11/2007

Lawyers take more sick days off work with cold and flu symptoms than any other sector, according to a new survey from Multibionta Immune Support.

The figures revealed that in the past year lawyers have taken an average of four days off sick compared to the national average of just one day.

Professor Alex Gardner, an expert in colds and flu, told Female First: "Taking time off work due to illness, especially around this time of year when colds and flu are rife is a cause of concern for all types of employees."

The survey found that 44 per cent of workers admit to getting fed up when colleagues call in sick due to colds and flu, while 37 per cent of employees feel guilty about missing work and go in anyway despite feeling unwell.

At the other end of the scale, accountants recorded taking the least time off due to illness.

Statistics from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development indicate that sickness absence accounts for 3.7 per cent of working time – equivalent to 8.4 working days for each employee each year, with the annual cost of sickness absence averaging at £659 per staff member. ADNFCR-1196-ID-18365840-ADNFCR


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