Have you ever pulled a sickie?
Here are some amazing stats about how sick leave is treated across the world.
The average number of sick days taken per worker in the UK was 4.6 days.
In the United States, the average number of sick days taken per year by an employee is around 4.4 days.
According to a report by Eurostat, in 2019, the average number of days of sick leave taken per worker in the European Union (EU) was 9.9 days. The highest rates of sick leave were reported in Sweden, where workers took an average of 25.8 days of sick leave, and the lowest rates were reported in Greece, where workers took an average of 2.2 days of sick leave.
In Canada, most provinces have a minimum standard of at least five paid sick days per year.
In the UK, the ONS reports that in 2020, the highest rates of sickness absence were among workers in the public sector, with an average of 7.5 days lost per worker, compared to 4.1 days lost per worker in the private sector.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of March 2020, about 70 per cent of private industry workers in the United States have access to paid sick leave.
In Australia, full-time employees are entitled to 10 days of paid sick leave per year, while part-time employees are entitled to a pro-rata amount based on the number of hours they work.
A 2018 study found that the availability of paid sick leave is associated with lower rates of influenza infection in the United States.
Finland and Austria had the most generous sick leave policies, with workers in both countries entitled to up to six months of sick leave with full pay, while workers in Greece had the least generous sick leave policies, with no legal entitlement to paid sick leave.
So which country are we moving to?