Workplace Absenteeism within Derby, Nottingham, Leicester & Sheffield – Genuine or Fake?

Do you have an absenteeism culture within your workplace or business or are you concerned that an individual is ‘swinging the lead?’
Workplace Absenteeism cost the UK economy £18 billion in 2017. Estimating a figure on what proportion of this was contributable by false sickness claims is impossible.

An estimated 137.3 million working days were lost due to sickness or injury in the UK in 2017. This equates to 4.3 days per worker per year.

How Can Titan Help With Your Workplace Absenteeism Problems

Titan Investigations have worked on many workplace absenteeism claims which were believed to be either false or as a result of a genuine injury at work, however the effects were believed to be exaggerated and drawn out to claim further time off.

We have evidenced employees landscaping gardens whilst on sick leave with a serious back injury, bed ridden employees on holiday riding jet skis, working elsewhere, setting up businesses, moving to a new house and going about their normal daily life.

All of our operatives have received formal surveillance training and have years of operational experience in both the public and private sector. We will provide you, the client, with a comprehensive report containing still images edited from the surveillance footage taken during the observations. This report can then be utilised for tribunals and/ or civil court proceedings.

It’s not always serious injuries which are cause for absenteeism. Minor illnesses, such as coughs and colds are the most common reason for sickness absence in 2017, responsible for 34 million days lost (24.8%) of the total days lost. This was closely followed by musculoskeletal problems, including back pain, neck and upper limb problems totalling 30.8 million days (22.4%). After ‘other’ conditions, mental health issues, including stress, depression, anxiety and serious conditions were the next most common reason for sickness absence, totalling 15.8 million days lost (11.5%).

In 2017, the groups who experienced the highest rates of sickness absence were;

  • Women
  • Public sector workers
  • Who smoke
  • With long-term health conditions
  • Work in large organisations

Workplace Absenteeism – Sickness Statistics

Sickness Absence Formula – Workplace Absenteeism
Workplace Absenteeism - Sickness Absence Formula

The following graphs and charts are taken from the Office of National Statistics for 2017.

Number of days lost due to sickness

Workplace Absenteeism - Days Lost Due To Sickness

Sickness absence rate

Workplace Absenteeism - Sickness Absence Rate


Reason for sickness absence
Minor illnesses and musculoskeletal problems account for 51.7% of absences.

Reason For Sickness - Workplace Absenteeism

Sickness absence rate by region
The East Midlands as a region is the 5th worst region for sickness absence.

Sickness Rate By Region - Workplace Absenteeism

Sickness absence by long term health condition
The long-term health condition reported by respondents may not be related to the reason for sickness absence.

Sickness Absence By Long Term Health Condition - Workplace Absenteeism

Sickness absence by occupation group
In terms of occupation, workers in caring, leisure and other service occupations and those in elementary occupations (for example, bar staff, hospital porters, shelf fillers & warehouse operatives) have the highest sickness absence rates. In 2017, these stood at 2.7%.

Sickness Absence By Occupation Group - Workplace Absenteeism

Workplace Absenteeism Who do I Contact?

Titan Private Investigation’s dedicated ‘Corporate Investigation’ team are awaiting your call, whether it be to simply offer advice or to take instruction. All forms of contact will be treated in the utmost confidence. Titan offers this service throughout London, Derby, Nottingham, Leicester, Sheffield and surrounding areas. We also offer our corporate Investigation services both nationally and internationally and can be contacted or visited at the locations below:

Titan Investigations Workplace Absenteeism Teams

Derby Corporate Investigations – Call our Derby Office 01332 650029

Nottingham Corporate Investigations – Call our Nottingham Office 01158 242244

Leicester Corporate Investigations – Call our Leicester Office 0116 326 0777

Sheffield Corporate Investigations – Call our Sheffield Office 0114 3032426
London Corporate Investigations – Call our London Office 020 31371150

Alternatively, contact us by email at or use our fully confidential contact form and one of our team will get right back to you or talk to us directly using our Live Chat.

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