Public sector employees are more likely to take time off work sick then private sector employees, it has emerged.
According to figures from the Chartered Institute of Personal Development (CIPD), a public sector employee will on average take 10.3 days off sick a year, while a private sector employee will be ill for 7.2 days a year on average.
The public health sector is saw the biggest annual rise in absence as recorded by the CIPD absence management survey, with workers in this area likely to be ill 12.6 days of the year.
CIPD employee relations adviser Ben Willmott attributed the difference in the figures to varying management styles between the public and private sector.
"A factor contributing to this increase is the clear difference in organisational culture between how absence is managed in the public and private sectors," he said.
The CIPD recently reported that employers are calling on GPs to rethink the way they help employees with mental health problems back to work.