Helping people with health conditions to remain in work is in everyone’s interest
131 million working days were lost to sickness absence in 2017. That averages 4.1 days per employee. 100,000 people leave work each year following a period of sickness absence lasting at least four weeks. Reducing these numbers by supporting disabled people and those with health conditions to remain in work is likely to have significant benefits for employers, government and society. Sickness absence costs employers around £9bn a year. Ill health which prevents people working costs the economy around £100bn a year and increases pressures on the NHS.
However, the government believes there are large variations in employer capability and capacity to act. Limiting factors include; resource constraints, lack of awareness and knowledge of legal responsibilities, as well as information and advice often being complex and difficult to navigate. The government is consulting on a package of