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Staff absence beyond one month: FOI release

Published: 16 Nov 2017
Directorate:
People Directorate
Part of:
Public sector

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

FOI reference: FOI/17/02424
Date received: 18 October 2017
Date responded: 15 November 2017

Information requested

You made the following request for information:

How many Scottish Government workers were off work for longer than a month but less than six months in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Also, how many Scottish Government workers who were off work for longer than a month returned to work in either month six or month seven in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Response

You have requested information for Scottish Government staff. Our response therefore covers staff who are employed in the Core Directorates and who are subject to Scottish Government Main and Scottish Government Marine terms and conditions of employment. It also covers Senior Civil Servants working in those areas.

The Scottish Government has arrangements in place to closely monitor sickness absence levels to ensure that appropriate action is taken both to help reduce overall absence rates among employees and to support individual members of staff during periods of ill-health.

For Scottish Government's Core Directorates, the number of staff who have been absent for between 1 and 6 months calendar duration is as follows:

Year absence started Number of workers
2014 199
2015 189
2016 205
2017 (to end Sep) 138

For Scottish Government's Core Directorates, the number of staff who have been absent for over 1 month calendar duration with absence ending in June or July is as follows:

Year absence ended Month absence ended Number of workers
2014 6 22
7 13
2015 6 9
7 17
2016 6 13
7 21
2017 6 11
7 17

About FOI

The Scottish Government is committed to publishing all information released in response to Freedom of Information requests. View all FOI responses at http://www.gov.scot/foi-responses

Contact

Please quote the FOI reference

Central Enquiry Unit
Email: ceu@gov.scot
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
Regent Road
Edinburgh
EH1 3DG

Published:
16 Nov 2017
Staff absence beyond one month: FOI release