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Sick pay period, 2nd quarter 2019

Rate of sick leave unchanged

Statistical news from Statistics Sweden 2019-09-06 9.30

The number of sick days per employee during a sick pay period remained almost unchanged in the second quarter of 2019 compared with the corresponding quarter of 2018. The average number of sick days during a sick pay period was 1.29 days per employee.

Among women, the number of sick days per employee decreased by 0.02 days and among men the sick days increased by 0.02 days compared with the corresponding quarter of 2018.

Sick days per employee and sick pay period by sector and sex
SectorSexSecond quarter
  20192018ChangePercentage
change
Business sector[1]
Women
1.28 1.31 ‑0.03 ‑2.1
 
Men
1.06 1.04 0.01 1.4
 
Total
1.14 1.14 0.00 0.0
Municipality
Women
1.96 1.94 0.02 1.1
 
Men
1.45 1.39 0.06 4.0
 
Total
1.84 1.81 0.03 1.6
County council
Women
1.73 1.75 ‑0.01 ‑0.7
 
Men
1.13 1.12 0.02 1.6
 
Total
1.60 1.61 ‑0.01 ‑0.4
Central government
Women
1.47 1.51 ‑0.04 ‑2.5
 
Men
0.83 0.84 ‑0.01 ‑0.8
 
Total
1.17 1.19 ‑0.02 ‑1.9
Non-profit institutions serving households
Women
1.17 1.26 ‑0.09 ‑7.1
 
Men
0.82 0.75 0.08 10.2
 
Total
1.03 1.04 ‑0.01 ‑1.3
Total
Women
1.53 1.54 ‑0.02 ‑1.2
 
Men
1.07 1.06 0.02 1.7
 
Total
1.29 1.29 0.00 0.1

The number of sick periods increased

The number of sick periods per employee increased in the second quarter of 2019 compared with the corresponding quarter of 2018. The total number of sick periods was 0.35 per employee. In the business sector, the number of sick periods per employee was 0.31, while in the central government sector it amounted to 0.30. In the municipality sector and the county council sector, the number of sick periods per employee was 0.49 and 0.43 respectively.

Reclassification

In accordance with international guidelines, a number of limited companies have been reclassified in terms of sector breakdown, from business sector to public administration. This affects the statistics published from the second quarter of 2019 and forward.

Definitions and explanations

Sick pay period The period when an employee is absent from work due to sickness and is eligible for sick pay.

Sick days All calendar days in the sick period, regardless of whether the employee is reimbursed for all days with sick pay or not.

Sick period Each time an employee begins a sick period a new period is generated, regardless of how many sick days the period consists of. The survey presents periods that were completed during the quarter.

This survey is published quarterly. 

All changes are calculated from unrounded data.  

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2019-12-06 at 9:30.

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