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Workers 'afraid to take sick leave' due to downturn

Published: Wednesday, 21 January 2009   Category: Life after graduation

Many UK workers are afraid to take sick leave in case this jeopardises their chance of keeping their job during the recession, new research has indicated.

According to a study conducted by Minster Law Solicitors, 64 per cent of people have "serious concerns" over the unstable job climate and are prepared to forgo their basic rights in order to safeguard employment.

Some 42 per cent say they will come into work irrespective of their physical condition in order to demonstrate commitment to their employer.

Meanwhile, 23 per cent of UK workers feel under pressure to work later than necessary and 16 per cent say they are willing to work unpaid overtime.

Chief executive of Minster Law Matthew Briggs says it is clearly "an unsettling time" for people and a large number are feeling "under pressure to go the extra mile" to secure their jobs.

"However, it is worrying that they are prepared to forgo basic employment rights in order to do this," he added.

Earlier this month, Tom Hadley, director of external affairs at the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, claimed workers are realistic about the impacts of the economic downturn.

He said people realised that opportunities for pay rises and career progression would be limited as the recession ensues.

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