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Companies left counting the cost of 'sickies'

Published: Tuesday, 14 August 2007   Category: Life after graduation

Days off due to fraudulent illness are costing UK companies £3.5 billion a year, new research has claimed.

The study, conducted by Peninsula, suggests that that more than 82 million days are taken off with bogus illness and that, including legitimate sickness, the cost to firms is £20.9 billion.

According to the firm the most common bogus days are Mondays and Fridays with a cold or the flu the most quoted excuse. A number of sick days are also taken around the time of special events such as the World Cup.

Commenting on ways to combat the issues, Mike Huss, employment law director at Peninsula, said: "Employers need to take action against bogus illness. It is all too easy for an employee to ring in sick, they still get paid for it and there is no follow up regarding the excuse as to why the employee was off.

He added: "Return to work interviews should be enforced to give the employer and the employee the chance to sit down and discuss why they were absent from work."

According to the figures a total of 480 million working days are lost by companies due to absenteeism.ADNFCR-1068-ID-18245139-ADNFCR

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