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Continued decrease in sickness absence
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2012-09-20T10:00:00.000Z
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Sickness absenceQ2 2012

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Continued decrease in sickness absence

The sickness absence rate in the 2nd quarter of 2012 was 6.4 per cent. Adjusted for seasonal and influenza variations this translates to a 2.6 per cent reduction from the 1st quarter of 2012.

Last quarter’s decrease was mainly due to a decline in self-certified sickness absence, both among men and women.

Sickness absence adjusted for seasonal and influenza variations has dropped every quarter since the 1st quarter of 2011. The sickness absence rate has decreased by 11.8 per cent since the 2nd quarter of 2001, which is when the agreement on an inclusive labour market was implemented.

Seasonal- and influenza adjusted sickness absence rates, by sex

Seasonal- and influenza adjusted sickness absence rates, by type of certification

Seasonally-adjusted statistics for the first time

This is the first time Statistics Norway has published sickness absence rates adjusted for seasonal and influenza variations. Such adjustments make it easier to spot the underlying trend from quarter to quarter by removing typical seasonal variations between the quarters. In addition, we adjust for the presence of influenza in the population, which varies from year to year.

Statistics without seasonal and influenza adjustment

Since the following comments in this article are based on data that is not adjusted for seasonal and influenza variations, we look at changes over the past year, from the 2nd quarter of 2011 to the 2nd quarter of 2012.

Sickness absence rates decreased from 6.5 to 6.0 per cent between the 2nd quarter of 2011 and the 2nd quarter of 2012. This translates to a 7.6 per cent reduction.

Biggest drop in sickness absence among men

Sickness absence among men has fallen from 5.0 to 4.5 per cent in the last year, while sickness absence among women has declined from 8.3 per cent to 7.8 per cent. This corresponds to a decrease of 9.0 and 6.1 per cent respectively.

Decrease in the construction industry

Among the major industries, the construction industry and the administration and support services industry were the industries with the biggest decreases, with 11.4 and 11.1 per cent respectively.

Reduction in the private sector

The sickness absence rate in all sectors went down last year. The private sector had the biggest reduction with 8.6 per cent. Sickness absence in public administration, including health enterprises, dropped 8.3 per cent, while absence in local government decreased by 4.3 per cent.

Decrease in all age groups

The doctor-certified absence fell in all age groups below 66 years. The strongest reductions were within the age groups 20-24 and 55-59 years, by 9.0 and 8.7 per cent respectively.

Among men, the strongest decline was in the age group 35-39 years, by 13.3 per cent. Among women, the strongest reduction was in the age group 55-59 years, by 8.2 per cent.

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.

Technical information

Rates of change

The sickness absence rates are presented using one decimal point. More decimal points are used when calculating the rates of change in order to get more accurate figures. These will therefore differ slightly from the rates of change produced when using the published rounded figures.

 

The statistics do not cover self-employed persons.

Tables


Sickness absence man-days for employees in per cent of scheduled man-days. Seasonal- and influenza adjusted


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