The short-duration sick-leave rate (absences of less than one month) went from 2.63% – 2.63 for every 100 working days – to 2.78% in the same period.
However, longer absences due to illness, ranging from one month to a year, accounted for most of the increase in sick-leave rates. Long-duration sick leave went up by 75.1% during the period under review, jumping from 1.73% in 2008 to 3.03% in 2018, SD Worx noted.
“The increase in long absences is higher in very big organisations with over 1,000 workers,” said François Lombard, Senior Consultant at SD Worx. “Below 50 workers, it stabilises and even decreases slightly. Nevertheless, it’s a point of attention for all these companies.”