Kiel (dpa / lno) - In Schleswig-Holstein, women are absent from work due to illness significantly longer than men.

The Barmer health insurance company pointed this out on Thursday on the occasion of International Women's Day on March 8th.

"With 54.3 percent women have a higher incapacity rate than men with 48.4 percent," said state manager Bernd Hillebrandt.

The information is based on projections by the health insurance fund based on the data of their insured persons.

In 2020, women were on sick leave for a total of 19.6 days and men 16.8 days on average.

The sick leave was 5.4 percent for women and 4.6 percent for men.

“This finding can be explained by the fact that women are mostly employed in professions with generally high levels of sick leave, such as nursing staff, social work and sales,” explained Hillebrandt.

In addition, there is often a double burden of family and work.

"Unfortunately, employed women often still do not find understanding among employers for this private role conflict," said Hillebrandt.

"Many superiors do not want to be bothered by private worries."


In general, working women are more exposed than men, stated the country manager.

"In addition to their professional activity, they often still bear the sole burden of the household, looking after the children with schoolwork and dealing with the authorities."

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