Seasonally-adjusted sickness absence stable
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The statistics are intended to shed light on sickness absence trends in the aggregate and distributed by industry, occupation, hours worked and various personal variables connected with those on sick leave.

Sickness absenceQ1 2014



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Seasonally-adjusted sickness absence stable

Sickness absence adjusted for seasonal and influenza variations was 6.5 per cent in the 1st quarter of 2014; almost unchanged from the 4th quarter of 2013.

Sickness absence man-days for employees 16-69 years in per cent of contractual man-days, by type of absence and sex. Seasonal- and influenza adjusted1
1st quarter 2014Per cent from previous quarter
1The sickness absence rates are shown to two decimal points. In other tables the rates are shown with 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.
Both sexes
Self-certified and certified by doctor6.460.5
Certified by doctor5.470.1
Self-certified and certified by doctor5.010.6
Certified by doctor4.130.1
Self-certified and certified by doctor8.290.4
Certified by doctor7.140.1

Self-certified sickness absence increased by 2.8 per cent, while doctor-certified absence increased by 0.1 per cent from the 4th quarter of 2013 to the 1st quarter of 2014. Sickness absence for both men and women increased – by 0.6 and 0.4 per cent respectively.

Since the 2nd quarter of 2001, when the agreement on an inclusive labour market ( IA agreement ) was first implemented, the seasonal and influenza-adjusted sickness absence has dropped by 10.4 per cent.

Statistics without seasonal and influenza adjustment

Since the following comments are based on data that is not adjusted for seasonal and influenza variations, we look at changes over the past year, from the 1st quarter of 2013 to the 1st quarter of 2014.

Sickness absence that is not adjusted for seasonal and influenza variations was 6.7 per cent in the 1st quarter of 2014; a decrease of 6.7 per cent from the previous year. Self-certified sickness absence decreased by 9.0 per cent and doctor-certified sickness absence decreased by 6.2 per cent.

Decrease for both men and women last year

Sickness absence for men decreased from 5.7 to 5.2 per cent, and for women decreased from 9.2 to 8.6 per cent – a decrease of 7.8 and 5.7 per cent respectively.

Fall in sickness absence in all sectors

Sickness absence in all sectors went down from the 1st quarter of 2013 to the 1st quarter of 2014. Absence in public administration (including health enterprises) had the largest decrease of 8.5 per cent. The absence in local government and the private sector had a decrease of 6.9 and 6.4 per cent respectively.

The sickness absence level in the 4th quarter of 2013 was lowest in the private sector with 6.2 per cent, while central and local government had an absence rate of 6.6 and 8.9 per cent respectively.

Decrease in all industries

The sickness absence rate in all industries went down last year. Among the major industries, the public administration services industry and the administrative and support service industry were the industries with the biggest decreases, with 10.7 and 9.7 per cent respectively. Wholesale and retail trade: repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles had the smallest decrease of 3.3 per cent.

Decrease in all of the major age groups – for both men and women

The doctor-certified absence fell in all age groups. The strongest reductions were within the age groups 20-24 and 55-59 years, by 10.3 and 8.1 per cent respectively.

Among men, the strongest reduction was in the age groups 20-24 and 25-29 years, by 11.9 and 9.2 per cent respectively. Among women, the strongest decline was in the age groups 20-24 and 55-59 years, by 8.6 and 7.9 per cent respectively.

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.