‘Pulling a sickie’ is familiar territory for employees, but an inconvenience for employers. Whilst many employers may be unsuspecting of a worker’s absence, faking a sickness can negatively impact a business’s performance in several ways.
Interested in sickness rates, adzuna.co.uk surveyed more than 3,500 employees to find out how many had ‘pulled a sickie’ in each UK region in 2017. Adzuna also sought to find out which industries had the most employees skiving off in 2017.
The findings revealed that employees in Scotland were the biggest offenders with 38% shockingly admitting to doing so.
Business services was the industry in which it was most prevalent. Interestingly, the real reason the majority pulled a sickie in Scotland was because they wanted to avoid a stressful situation at work.
Avoiding a stressful situation at work was also the number one reason amongst employees in the South West – who had the second highest sickie rate at 36%.
Collectively, the UK loses an astonishing 38 million days each year because of employees feigning sickness.
Doug Monro, Co-Founder of Adzuna, commented: “Employees who ‘bunk off’, should consider the impact their absence couls have on time sensitive projects or the subsequent increase in pressure on their colleagues. Those who have genuine reasons to avoid work, whether it’s due to childcare issues, an internal dispute or something more personal, would be better advised to approach their employers to see if a reasonable solution can be agreed to.”