The findings of CIPD’s 2016 Absence Management survey, conducted in partnership with Simplyhealth, show that the average level of employee absence has fallen to 6.3 days per employee per year, its lowest level for seven years. There has been a corresponding fall in the median cost of absence per employee (£522). Nevertheless, there is considerable variation in absence levels and costs across and within sectors.

This summary examines findings from CIPD’s Absence Management survey 2016 for a fuller understanding of the public sector’s approach to managing absence and the challenges it faces.

Absence Management Survey 2016

More about the CIPD – The CIPD is the professional body for HR and people development. The not-for-profit organisation champions better work and working lives and has been setting the benchmark for excellence in people and organisation development for more than 100 years. It has more than 140,000 members across the world, provides thought leadership through independent research on the world of work, and offers professional training and accreditation for those working in HR and learning and development.