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Decline in working days lost due to illness
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The number of working days lost due to sickness absence has fallen, according to new figures released today.

131 million days were lost to sickness absence in the UK last year according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which is a fall of around 26% compared with 178 million lost in 1993.

In 2011, the greatest number of days were lost due to musculoskeletal problems, at 34.4m. This was followed by minor illnesses, stress, depression and anxiety.

Diane Buckley, Managing Director of Legal & General Group Protection, says: “It is encouraging that the number of working days lost due to sickness is decreasing. A big part of that will be employers taking action early to ensure that the right support is there to help their employees back to work.

“The longer someone is off work, the more difficult it is for them to return and our recent claim figures have shown that employers who intervene early in an absence are more likely to see their employees return to work sooner than if they don't."

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