FOI reference: FOI/17/02425
Date received: 18 October 2017
Date responded: 15 November 2017
You made the following request for information:
Details of the number of Scottish Government staff who have gone on stress leave, broken down by each of the last five years.
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 the Scottish Government's Core Directorates, the number of staff who have been absent due to stress (including work and non-work related stress) is as follows:
Number of staff absent
|Year absence started||Stress||Work related stress|
|2017 (to end of Sept)||66||44|
Scottish Government overall sickness levels of 7.2 days per full time equivalent employee per year remain lower than the average levels for public services (9.8) and for all sectors (7.5) as reported by the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD) 2016 annual absence survey.
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Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000
The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House