Sick leaves cost British taxpayers PS3.8bln a year!

August 20th, 2008 - 5:53 pm ICT by ANI  

London, August 20 (ANI): A new survey has revealed that the sicknote culture costs Britain about 3.8billion pounds a year.

Conducted by the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development, the survey showed that the biggest problem was amongst staff in the public sectorlike teachers, health workers, and civil servantswho took an average 9.8 days off every year.

While civil servants lap up staggering pensions of up to 800,000 pounds each after their retirement, many of them were still among the worst for taking days off.

The survey report said that though the wages were increasing and 5.7 million people were on the public payroll, the bill facing the taxpayer had also increased dramatically.

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The researchers said that executives surveyed said that malingering was common among about 12 per cent of staff taking days off.

While an estimated amount of 456,000 pounds is spent every year on paying for staff on sick leaves, it has also emerged that stress is the main reason most people give for taking offs.

More needs to be done to promote the well-being and job satisfaction of public workers, the Daily Star quoted Francis Maude, Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office, as saying. (ANI)

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