Do you work in leisure? If so, you allegedly pull the most ‘sickies’ compared to any other industry…

Yep, according to a new study, as well as taking the most sickies per year, those naughty workers in the leisure and culture industries also make the most trips to the doctor at 3.11 trips per year! But we personally reckon ‘doctors’ can also refer to hair appointments and other urgent matters our boss just wouldn’t understand (but maybe that’s just us…)

Apparently, the average UK employee takes just over two and a half sick days per year, but those in the leisure industry scored highest (3.8) with workers in telecoms, marketing and education also featuring high in the league table of the sickliest professions.

Teachers take above the national average with a cheeky 3.17 days per year (but somehow it doesn’t feel like our teachers ever took even one day off), whilst those working in the manufacturing industry or industrial labour take the fewest days off sick a year (1.59). Bless.

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But those working in government or public services had taken the most sick days in their working life so far, taking a decent 66 days off over the course of their career (which to be honest, we think is pretty fair enough if we’re talking an entire career…)

Health workers rated their boss the most strict when it came to taking sick days and also felt they were worked too hard with too few staff- 47 per cent of health workers felt this led to them being susceptible to illness.

Those working in health services were most likely to feel their boss was strict or uncompromising when it came to taking a day off sick, whilst those in media/publishing had the least strict bosses (we can certainly vouch for that…)

We must be a pretty innocent bunch too, as 44 per cent of us apparently ‘dread’ having to make the call to their boss to tell them they are sick- with flu, stomach bugs and viruses the leading causes of missing work. For those of you battling with your conscious, or just in need of some seriously good acting classes, don’t worry we’ve got your back with our ‘Chancer’s Guide To Pulling A Sickie‘ – not that we have any experience in the matter, obviously.

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More than a quarter (28 per cent) admitted they put on a ‘sick voice’ if ringing in to get a day off work (but you wouldn’t know anything about that, would you?)

Check out our full list of average sick days taken per year to see how your job stacks up – do you take more or less than this list implies? And more importantly, is it ever just because you fancy that  all-important cheeky lie in followed by a Netflix marathon..?

Average Sick Days Taken Per Year

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Yep, that’s how happy we look too while hiding out at home on the sofa…

Leisure, Cultural and Sporting Activities
3.8
Agriculture
3.7
Research
3.44
Telecoms
3.35
Marketing (e.g. Marketing Consultancy, Advertising, PR)
3.2
Education (Teachers, lecturers)
3.17
Health (Nurses, GPs, social workers)
3.09
Design (e.g. Fashion, Graphic Design, Product Design)
3.05
Media and Publishing
3.01
Construction
2.8
Finance (e.g. Banking, Insurance, Accountancy)
2.72
Computing, Electronics
2.72
Environmental Services (e.g. Sustainability, Recycling, Alternative Energy)
2.71
Government, Public Services
2.63
Engineering
2.52
Travel and Tourism
2.5
Utilities (e.g. Gas, Electricity etc)
2.44
Entertainment (e.g. Music, Film, Theatre)
2.32
Hospitality (e.g. Accommodation, Restaurants, Fast Food)
2.23
Retail
2.2
Transport and Distribution
1.94
Legal
1.9
Voluntary Sector (e.g. Charities, Membership Organisations)
1.87
Property
1.73
Industry (e.g. Manufacturing, Heavy Industry)
1.59

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