This is an archived release.
Continued increase in the sickness absence
The sickness absence rose from 7.1 to 7.6 per cent from the fourth quarter of 2008 to the fourth quarter of 2009; an increase of 7.4 per cent.
New industry classification
A new industry classification was introduced from the publication of the first quarter of 2009. The figures for the fourth quarter of 2008 and the fourth quarter of 2009 are produced according to the new industry classification. Compared with figures published for 2008 and previous years, there will be a break in the time series for the figures. Here is an article presenting general information about the new Norwegian industry classification .
The sickness absence for men rose from 5.6 to 6.1 per cent, and for women from 8.8 to 9.4 per cent, from the fourth quarter for 2008 to the fourth quarter for 2009; a growth of 7.7 and 7.1 per cent respectively.
The self-certified sickness absence rose from 1.1 to 1.2 per cent, while the doctor-certified absence rose from 6 to 6.4 per cent; an increase of 12.7 and 6.4 per cent respectively.
The sickness absence in the fourth quarter of 2009 was almost on the same level as in the fourth quarter of 2001; the year of implementation of the agreement on an inclusive labour market.
Increase in all industries
All industries faced rising sickness absence from the fourth quarter of 2008 to the fourth quarter of 2009.
Amongst the major industries, the increase in sickness absence was greatest in Information and communication, with 13,8 per cent, and Real estate activities and professional, scientific and technical activities, with 12,6 per cent.
The sickness absence in Human health and social work activities increased by 4.1 per cent. However, this is below the average growth of 7.4 per cent in all industries.
Strongest rise in private sector
The sickness absence in the private sector increased from 6.7 to 7.2 per cent from the fourth quarter of 2008 to the fourth quarter of 2009; an increase of 7.9 per cent. In central government (including health enterprises) and local government the growth was 5 and 6.6 per cent respectively.
The sickness absence level was lowest in central government, with 7.1 per cent, and highest in local government, with 9.3 per cent.
Reduced sickness absence among the youngest men
Men in the age groups below 25 years had a decrease in the doctor-certified sickness absence with 1.7 per cent. Men had the strongest increase in the age groups 35-49 years. The sickness absence for women increased in all age groups. For women, the strongest rise was in the age groups 40-49 years and the lowest rise was in the age groups over 60 years.
These results are based on data on sickness absence certified by a doctor, as the survey on self-certified absence does not contain data on sickness absence by age.
Rates of change
The sickness absence rates are presented using one decimal point. More decimals points are used when calculating the rates of change in order to get more accurate figures. These will therefore differ somewhat from the rates of change produced when using the published rounded figures.
The statistics do not cover self-employed persons.
- Table 1 Sickness absence man-days for employees self-certified and certified by a doctor. In per cent of scheduled man-days (Sickness absence rate). Quarterly figures. 2000-2009
- Table 2 Sickness absence man-days for employees self-certified and certified by a doctor, by sex. In per cent of scheduled man-days (Sickness absence rate). Quarterly figures. 2000-2009
- Table 28 Sickness absence by type of absence(self-certified or doctor-certified) and duration within the quarter
- Table 33 Change in per cent of the sickness absence rate for employees self-certified and certified by a doctor, by industry and type of sickness absence. 2008-2009. Quarterly changes