Hold the front page. Shocking news. 60 per cent of UK employees on long term sick leave are women.

I started my business career in 1979, as a management trainee with Beecham. I never worked for a better company. A year or two into the training I learned that on average female workers took more sick leave than male workers, and the majority of workers who took sick leave over a lengthy period were women. This had been common knowledge in both the private and public sectors for many years, but it appears the knowledge was somehow lost in the subsequent 35 years:

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/politics/women-make-up-two-thirds-of-uk-employees-on-long-term-sick-leave-9120703.html

From the article:

London MP Angie Bray told the Standard: “People will be surprised by the figures. It is certainly not my experience that women are more prone to long term sick leave.

“But if these statistics are accurate we need to take a closer look at what is driving them.

“Clearly if there is a serious problem then we need to ensure women have the support they need to get them fit and back into work.”

Hmm… women need ‘support’ to get them to work? Just another piece of evidence showing how sound Dr Catherine Hakim’s Preference Theory (2000) is. Her research showed that while four in seven British men are ‘work-centred’, just one in seven British women is. I believe I’ve now alluded to the theory more than 1,000 times. It certainly feels like it. Government policy directions continue to deny any gender-typical differences with respect to work orientation.

About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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  • As you say this is one of those things long long seen in statistics but strangely buried. The reasons are also not rocket science. Just as the death and injury stats are a revelation so are those on sickness and stress. It is often pointed out that if women were in fact paid less than men then rational employers would not employ men. But then think of flexible working, maternity leave and higher sick leave and maybe the additional costs may actually make women more expensive overall. As you have highlighted the NHS has productivity problems, one part of this is high sickness and absenteeism on it’s workforce.

  • Just about any survey shows that women take substantially more sick days than men. Almost two thirds more than men! And then feminists are gonna tell us we need more female executives…kind of hard to swallow,isn’t it? after all,it is the state of the economy,the country and the future of our children that’s at stake here….