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Which Industry Sectors have the Highest and Lowest Average Sick Days a Year in the UK?


People working in leisure, culture and sport roles take more sick days than any other industry, according to a new study insurance brand There.

For the UK as a whole those employed in this field scored highest (3.8) with workers in telecoms, marketing and education also featuring high in the sickliest professions. Teachers take above the UK average at 3.17 days per year, while those working in the manufacturing industry or industrial labour take the fewest days off sick a year (1.59).

The research, which was commissioned by family focussed insurance brand, There, found that UK workers in government or public services had taken the most sick days nationally in their working life, so far taking a huge 66 days over the course of their career.

While those in environmental, recycling and sustainability roles had taken the least sick days across their career to date, racking up 18 absences in their working years – almost half the national average (36 days).