Survey finds women take more time off sick than men

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9th October 2015 15:55 - Health

A recent official survey has revealed that women take more time off sick than men, with more than a third of women taking time off work in the 12 months before taking part in the survey. In contrast, just over 28 per cent of men had called into work sick over the last 12 months.

Although the researchers found a stark difference between the number of days taken ill by men and women, they found no explanation for the gap.

The analysts of the European Health Interview Survey believe that the primary reason for women taking more days off ill is because they need to look after their children when they’re sick.

The findings revealed that millions of working mums, who take time off to look after their ill child, are unlikely to admit the real reason they’re absent from work.

The analysts suggested that mothers may be more likely to stay off work when their child is ill and off school, than men. They also suggested that mothers of young children are more likely to stay off work when a child has been sent home from nursery or a child-minder’s because they are ill.

Published by the Office for National Statistics, the survey questioned more than 13,000 Brits and more than 200,000 people throughout Europe.

When the respondents were asked if they had taken time off work because of their health over the last 12 months, 28.2 per cent of men said they had and 36.2 per cent of women said the same.

The analysts claimed that the reason for the gap is not likely to be that women are more vulnerable to falling ill or that men are reluctant to take any time off sick.

However, although women are more likely to take time off work ill, they return to work quicker than men.

Of the respondents who said that they had been off sick in the last year, men on average took 16 days off ill, whereas women took an average of 14 days.

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