Workers are sick 12 days each year

8th February 2006, Comments 0 comments

8 February 2006, BRUSSELS — Belgian workers are on average sick 12 days a year, costing employers EUR 6.6 billion, social management group Securex said.

8 February 2006

BRUSSELS — Belgian workers are on average sick 12 days a year, costing employers EUR 6.6 billion, social management group Securex said.

Securex — which offers social security services to 230,000 workers and 24,000 companies — based its analysis on absentee data from 2004.

The study yielded a national sick-leave percentage of 4.86 percent, meaning that for every 100 work days, Belgian employees are absent due to illness or an accident for 4.68 days. That figure is an average.

Slightly more than half of the nation's workers (54 percent) is never sick (or never calls in sick).

For the other workers, it means they are more often sick and for longer periods. Two percent of workers call in sick more than five times a year.

Averaged out over every Belgian worker, it means that employees are sick in total 12 days a year.

Sick leave costs companies money, due primarily to the fact that during short periods of absence, a worker's wage is still being paid.

However, indirect costs can also mount up. If someone else has to take over an absent colleague's duties, that can result in paid overtime or a company might need to find a temporary replacement.

In total, Securex said sick leave costs Belgian firms EUR 6.6 billion each year.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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