The amount of time-off claimed for “sickness” amongst the staff of the Vale of Glamorgan Council is now running at an average rate of almost 10 days a year – the equivalent of an extra fortnight off on full pay every year for every council employee.
The most common cause of reported sickness (29%) is “stress” – the same cause which was highlighted last year and the year before.
The Vale Council had taken a range of measures which it had said would bring down the number of days claimed on the sick amongst its staff, but the figures for 2015/16 are even higher than the year before.
The average number of days off claimed for sickness per full-time employee in the year 2015/16 is 9.56 days. In the previous year 2014/15 the an average of 9.44 days off per year per employee had been claimed.
The worst directorate in the council for sickness claims is Social Services where, on average, each employee is now off work for 13.57 days per year.
The Vale Council is now starting what it calls a “Managing Attendance at
Work Policy” which concentrates on “long-term absence” – a phenomenon which its says accounts for “ nearly 70% of all sickness absence“ – 37% of which is put down to alleged “stress”.
This month the council is starting a new training programme for managers on the new attendance policy prior to its official launch in October 2016.