Wrexham Council to take action over rising sick leave

Published date: 26 March 2014 |
Published by: Garth ApThomas 
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WREXHAM Council has seen an increase in staff taking sick leave – amounting to thousands of extra days being lost.

Figures show the total number of sick days taken by local authority staff between April to November last year was 35,237.3.

The figure for the same eight-month period for 2012 was 31,633.7.

The statistics are included in an appendix of a report on workforce monitoring by Cllr Malcolm King, lead member for policy, finance, performance and governance.

The report said: “Heads of department were set targets by the strategic leadership team to reduce their absence rates in 2013-14.

“All heads of department are closely monitoring their absence figures and these are routinely reviewed, challenged by the strategic leadership team and discussed by the senior management team.

“Further work is ongoing to reduce the levels of absence.”

The rise between the April-November 2013 absence figure and the 2012 rate – which totalled 3,604 days – was said to be related to an increase in sick days taken by staff working in the assets, corporate and customer services, lifelong learning and schools departments. All other departments reduced their absences, according to Cllr King’s report.

A table showing statistics for the percentage of days lost to sickness absence between April to December last year shows an average of 4.89 per cent. Figures for Wales show that out of 22 local authorities Wrexham was ranked 10th for the average number of days absent to sickness per employee in 2011-12 and 2012-13.

The report is due to be discussed by members of Wrexham Council’s customers, performance and resource scrutiny committee today.

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  1. Posted by: Mr.Gobbi at 10:08 on 27 March 2014 Report

    Redundancy/retirement/workforce adjustments etc means more work put on the shoulders of those still employed which can lead to more stress/sick leave. And the comment made in the report of 'Heads of department were set targets by the strategic leadership team (which must be a joke) to reduce their absence rates in 2013-2014 has got to be a load of b!!!!!ks. What next the stocks,public whippings,name and shame the staff,a decree saying you will die at your desk.

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