I am sick.

Since 2016, Gras Savoye has been scrutinizing the absenteeism of private sector employees using data from Health Insurance.

In general, the trend is upwards at the national level, but it is even more marked in Hauts-de-France.

And the Covid crisis has not helped matters.

In 5 years, the absenteeism rate of employees in companies has climbed by 24% following a constantly increasing curve.

Out of a panel of 350,000 employees, employed in nearly 700 companies, 34% had taken at least one sick leave last year.

The annual duration of an employee's absence was, on average, 54 days in 2020. Note that in 2018, another study estimated the annual cost of absenteeism at more than one hundred billion euros.

The health crisis largely responsible

In the region, the phenomenon is more important. The Hauts-de-France are also the most affected, just behind the Grand-Est. In 2020, the absenteeism rate was 6.3%, compared to 5.04% on the national average. The commissioner of the study notes, however, that the health crisis has a lot to do with it, especially during the first confinement, between March and May 2020: "the compensation system for derogatory stops for reasons of out-of-school children, vulnerable people or even relatives of vulnerable people, put in place during the health crisis, which is a major factor in the increase in sick leaves ”.

Logically, through the prism of the coronavirus pandemic, the professions most affected are health and transport and logistics.

Closed for a good part of the year due to sanitary measures, establishments in the hotel and catering sector are the least affected.

It should also be noted that the absenteeism rate is slightly higher for women (6.08%) than for men (4.52%).


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