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Employees in Germany are getting sick longer and longer
Only a few months ago, the highest number of sick days had been reported in 20 years. According to a newspaper report, new figures are now available. According to this, workers in Germany were sick on average around 15 days last year.
Each employee was missing an average of 15 days last year
Sick leave in the first half of 2016 was the highest in 20 years. This emerges from an analysis of the statutory health insurance DAK health, as was reported a few months ago. Now there are new figures on sick leave in the past year, which show that employees in Germany were sick significantly longer in 2015 than in previous years. As reported by the "Bild" newspaper, every employee was missing an average of 15.2 days in the job.
Over half a billion working days lost due to illness
In 2014 it was 14.4 days, in 2013 it was only 11.8 days. This emerges from the report of the federal government "on the status of safety and health at work". According to the information, 587.4 million working days were lost due to illness last year.
This was 44 million more than in 2014. According to the newspaper, the loss of production due to illness amounted to 64 billion euros, seven billion more than in the previous year. Accordingly, each day of illness cost 109 euros in lost production.
Little sick leave in the area of education and teaching
If one also takes into account that many employees go to work sick, the number of days on which employees were impaired in health may be even higher.
According to the “Bild” report, there were the most sick days in agriculture and forestry (14.6 days per sick leave), in the transport and storage area (14.2) and in the food and beverage industry (13.5). According to this, there were the fewest absenteeism times in the finance and insurance industry as well as in the area of education and teaching (9.3 days each).
Sickness reports are particularly common in public administration
According to the information, the most common sick leave was registered with the public administration. On average, every employee reported sick to the authorities 1.71 times a year.
The fewest cases of sickness were registered in agriculture and forestry (0.72 sick leave), in the hospitality industry (0.74) and in the information and communication sector (1.07). (ad)