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The Cost of 'Pulling a Sickie'

The Cost of 'Pulling a Sickie'


It seems like some people will make up some very dramatic stories in order to get out of work for a day! Accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers have recently carried out a survey which found out some of the secrets behind “pulling a sickie”.

Sick days are thought to cost UK businesses over £23 billion per year, and although this is down from £29 billion in 2013 it is still a very large amount of money. It is estimated that £9 billion of this amount could be avoided if employees did not “pull sickies” and were only off work when genuinely ill. The UK workforce take more days off sick from work than those in the USA and East Asia but less than employees in central and eastern Europe.

The number one reason that people “pull sickies” is because they are hungover! The percentage of people asked who have taken a day off for this reason is a massive 32%! 26% have taken a day off because they are bored with their job, 11% have done it to lengthen their weekend and 8% have called in sick so that they can watch a sporting event! One in ten people have called in sick so that they could make the most of good weather too!

The survey found that some strange excuses have been used to get out of work such as ant attacks, a dog ate the house keys and a male has once blamed starting the menopause as the reason he needed a day off!

By Sasha Davison


2nd July 2014


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