Sick leave worse with non-profits

Not-for-profit organisations have a worse than average record on staff sickness, research from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development has found.

The study, published this week, shows that staff in the sector had an average of 9.6 days off sick in 2006, compared with a national average of 8.4 days.

The survey is based on responses from more than 800 organisations, 70 of which are in the not-for-profit sector. The average annual cost of staff absence in the sector was £11 lower than the overall average of £659 per employee.

A spokesman for the Workforce Hub said the small sample size of the survey meant the figures did not present a true picture of sickness levels across the whole sector.

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