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FOI 8616

Sickness Absence

Request

1. I would like to request the following information...What was the total number of working
days lost for your organisation due to sickness absence in the last financial year? April 2013- March 2014 and may I request, that your reply be broken down to reflect you organisations structure of Directorates, for example a council might have Adult Care Services, Child Care Services, Waste and Highways Services etc.

2. What was the Total number of employees (also known as average Head Count) from April 2013 to end of March 2014 and broken down into directorates as in your reply to Q1.

3. What was the average FTE staff numbers to reflect your organisations structure as laid out in Q1 covering time period from April 2013 to end of March 2014 March

Example of Data expected for questions 1, 2 & 3 to be supplied in separate excel document not embedded in an word document or PDF file

Department/Division

Head Count

FTE

Days lost to sickness


Example Department A

Example 1000

Example 950

Example 6527.3


Example Department B

Example Department C

Example Department D

Example Department E

5. What was the total cost of temporary and or cover staff for your organisation from April 2013 to March 2014

6 During the period April 2013 to March 2014 what was the percentage of return to work interviews held and documented on:

(A) The day the employee returned

(B) The week the employee returned to work but NOT on the first day

(C) Outside the first week or not held at all.


RTW meeting Held

% of RTW

Day employee returns to work

RTW meeting held in first week but not on day employee returned

RTW interview held outside of first seven days or not held at all

Response

For the period 1.4.13 – 31.12.13 :

Staff no’s 253.45
Average staff no’s 267.13
Total days lost to sickness 1864.24

Please note that as an organization we don’t store sickness by department or count the numbers of return to work interviews, to obtain this we would need to look at each personnel file which would exceed the time we can allocate to this request (18hours) and as such we cannot provide the detailed information you require. We are currently compiling information for the quarter 1st Jan 2014 to 31st March 2014 but this will not be available until early June.

We are currently closing our annual accounts and as such cannot provide the cost of temporary staff and we also do not separate this between cover and other temporary requirements.