Minor decrease in sickness absence proportion
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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 2016




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Minor decrease in sickness absence proportion

The number of employees with doctor certified sickness absence in per cent of all employees (sickness absence proportion) or was 6.2 per cent in the first quarter of 2016. This is a decrease of 2.3 per cent compared with updated figures of 2015, where the proportion was 6.3 per cent.

Resident employees with sickness absence certified by doctor. Per cent
1st quarter 2016
Both sexes6.2

The proportion for women has decreased from 8.4 to 8.1 per cent. For men, the proportion has remained nearly unchanged. This shows a percentage decrease of 2.8 and 1.7 per cent respectively.

A new data source from 2015 does not yet make it possible to publish the most used figure for sickness absence, i.e. the sickness absence rate. Instead, we focus on the number of employees with sickness absence as a percentage of all employees.

Fall in sickness absence proportion in the major industries

Among the major industries, the aaccommodation and food service industry and the administrative and support service industry were the industries with the biggest decreases, with 7.7 and 6.6 per cent respectively.

Mining and quarrying, dominated by the oil and gas industry, had an increase of 5.2 per cent last year. In this industry, the number of persons with doctor-certified absence absence has decreased, but the the number of persons working in the industry has decreased even more, and hence the proportion has increased. The proportion was 3.8 per cent, which is still a bit lower than the average of the country.

Possible break in the statistics in 1st quarter 2015Open and readClose

NAV’s Employers and employees register, which has been one of the main sources for the calculation of the sickness absence rate, was replaced by a new register in January 2015. The new register, the A-ordningen, which serves NAV, the tax authorities and Statistics Norway, is likely to give a different figure for employees than the Employers and employees register. This is due to both a somewhat broader coverage of the group and the fact that the quality is expected to be better. The number of employees and their hours of work determine the denominator in the sickness absence rates. The sickness absence for the 1st quarter of 2015 is scheduled to be published on 18 June.