New survey reveals Northerners to be the most likely to ‘pull a sickie’ at work

Don’t show your boss this.

A new survey has revealed the UK regions which are most likely to call in sick at work.

And it seems us Northern folk are a big fan of it.

It’s our first few weeks back at work after the festive break, and let’s be honest, you’d be lying if calling in sick one day hadn’t crossed your mind by now.

If that’s you, don’t worry as new research has suggested that regionally, the Yorkshire and Humberside ranks in third place for likeliness to call in sick to work compared to anywhere else in the country.

The study from personal injury experts analysed the Office of National Statistics (ONS) sickness absence data from 2018 to 2022, and they identified a range of demographics – which recorded where, when, and why Brits are prone to ‘pulling a sickie’.

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Every year, the UK workforce loses on average 146.6 million days due to sickness, which equates to approximately 4.5 days per worker, or almost a full working week, and in January especially, employers pay particular attention to absences, as workers often contend with flu season, as well as post-holiday blues, and holiday-related illnesses.

Understandably, there’s no way to record how many of these requests were genuine or whether they just fancied hitting snooze for an extra three hours on a Monday morning after a heavy weekend… but hey, we’ve all been there, right?

In our corner of the country, people in Yorkshire are losing a combined 16.5 million working days a year, which equates to a slightly above-average 4.8 working days per person.

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Taking the top spot is the North East, with 5.1 days lost annually, while the the East Midlands finished in a close second with 4.9 days off per year, and then just marginally-below us is the North West in fourth place with 4.7 days lost.

When we break down the stats, there’s some interesting variables that people might not expect.

You’d think the age group most likely to ring in sick would be the youngest, but it turns out that’s not the case, as the young’uns are only losing an estimated 10.2 million days per year – which is 65.2% lower than the average, and instead, with an average of 56.3 million total days lost per year, it’s the 50 to 64-year-olds who come out on top.

Research also shows the highest-cause of sick leave is due to minor illnesses, like coughs and the common cold.

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