Number of days staff are sick is on decrease

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THE number of days council employees have called in sick has fallen.

A report by Jon Bell, Portsmouth City Council’s head of HR, legal and performance, reveals the average number of days staff are having off a year because they’re ill has fallen from 9.94 to 8.65.

The local authority hopes to improve things further and reduce that figure to eight.

The council services where people are taking eight or more sick days are in; children and social care, housing and property services, adult social care and revenues and benefits.

The document also reveals that steps have been undertaken to improve the way sickness absence data is collated and reported.

The council has now agreed to continue monitoring sickness absence on a quarterly basis and ensure more action is taken to address sickness.