Sickness absence was at the highest level in eighteen years in the summer

In the same quarter a year ago, the percentage was also high, at 4.4 percent. Absenteeism was highest in health and welfare care at 6.3 percent.

Sickness absence follows a seasonal pattern. Absenteeism is always higher in the first (winter) and fourth quarter (autumn).

Previous years

Therefore, the figures are not compared with quarters in the same year. To find out how absenteeism is developing, we look at the same period in previous years.

In 2020, the first corona year, the absenteeism rate in the third quarter was therefore 4.4. A year earlier it was 4.0.

It is the biggest plus between two thirds of this century.

In the series from 1996, absenteeism due to illness was only higher in the third quarters of 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002. In April 2002, the Gatekeeper Improvement Act was introduced to reduce long-term absenteeism due to illness.

Absenteeism due to illness was thus highest in health and welfare care at 6.3 percent. A year earlier this was 5.9 percent.

Nursing homes

Absenteeism was particularly high in nursing and care homes. At 7.3, the percentage was also higher than a year earlier, when it was 7.0.

The development of absenteeism due to illness in the construction industry is also exceptional, reports Statistics Netherlands. It went from 3.8 percent in 2019 to 4.3 percent in 2020 and to 4.8 percent in 2021.

Lowest in Financial Services

Absenteeism due to illness was lowest in the financial services sector, at 2.8 percent from 2.6 percent a year earlier.

In companies with fewer than 10 employees, absenteeism was 3.2 percent (previous year 3.0 percent).

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