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Quarterly service report on staff sickness

Central directorates

Absence levels have risen since the last quarter. However this is to be expected during the winter months. 45% of the absence is down to long term sickness. COVID-19 sickness counts for 6.5% of the total absence this quarter.

Overall, the Central directorates are all likely to have absence levels in 2020 to 2021 that are lower than the council rate for 2019 to 2020.

Table showing Central Directorates staff sickness levels

Section

Total staff

Number of days sickness

Quarter 3 average per employee

2020/21 annual average per employee

Chief Executive

39

47.5

1.22

2.1

Resources

91

120

1.32

3.83

Place, Planning and Regeneration

159

110

0.69

2.46

Department totals (quarter 3)

289

277.5

0.96

Totals (2020/19)

2.84

Delivery directorates

Absence this quarter has risen compared to quarter 2, however this is to be expected within the winter months.

Absence has particularly gone up in Customer Experience, ICT and Digital Services. This includes 3 long term sick cases who have all since returned to work. In total just under half (48%) of the absence was due to long term sickness.

These figures also include COVID-19 related sickness levels which have increase in the last quarter in line with national trends. 7.5% of the sickness was COVID-19 related this quarter.

Overall Delivery is now looking at absence levels for 2020 to 2021 to be above the figures for the council in 2019 to 2020.

Table showing delivery directorate staff sickness

Section

Total staff

Number of days sickness

Quarter 3 average per employee

2020/21 annual average per employee

Contract Services

23

79.5

3.45

17.1

Customer Experience

113

257.5

2.27

9.93

Democratic Services

19

8

0.42

0.98

Legal

9

8

0.88

4.74

Property

18

2

0.11

0.22

Department totals (quarter 3)

182

355

1.95

Totals (2020 to 2021)

8.68

People directorate

Sickness absence has increased slightly over the last quarter, but this rise could be down to the weather getting colder which traditionally brings higher absence levels. A number of sections within the directorate have seen a significant rise in sickness most noticeably Children’s Social Care and Education and Learning. Half (50%) of the absence for quarter 3 was attributed to long term sickness.

COVID-19 related sickness absence stands at 9.5% of the total absence this quarter which has increased in line with national trends.

Overall, the People Directorate is on target to have a lower sickness figure in 2020 to 2021 than in 2019 to 2020.

Table showing people directorate staff sickness

Section

Total staff

Number of days sickness

Quarter 3 average per employee

20/21 annual average per employee

Adult Social Care

135

401.5

2.97

10.56

Children’s Social Care

148

331

2.23

6.04

Commissioning

59

22.5

0.38

2.87

Early Help and Communities

97

76.5

0.79

7.46

Education and Learning

93

104.5

1.12

2.02

Mental Health and Out of Hours

102

109.5

2.05

5.67

Public Health

15

0

0

0.08

Department totals (quarter 3)

646

1145.5

1.777

Totals (2020 to 2021)

6.16

Comparison data

Table showing staff sickness comparator data

Comparator data

All employees
(average days sickness absence per employee)

Bracknell Forest Council 18/19

7.22 days

Public Sector employers 2017

8.50 days

Source CIPD: Health and Wellbeing Survey May 2018