Percentage of SIC staff off sick remains high
The number of council staff taking sick leave has remained high despite efforts to tackle the problem.
Last year an average of 12.2 sick days was recorded for each member of staff excluding teachers, who achieve nearly half that rate of absence at 6.2 days each.
Councillor Allison Duncan told the audit and standards committee on Tuesday he had “serious concerns” about the absence rate and he sought reassurance that absentees were being quizzed by their bosses once they returned.
Yes they were, according to official Jim McLeod. But he agreed that lessons could be learnt from other local authorities to help reduce the absence rate.
The average among Scottish local authorities last year was 11.6 days while the SIC sickness absence rate has come down by 1.1 days from 13.3 days since 2008/09.
Chief executive Alistair Buchan told the committee he expected to see another improvement coming through in the 2011/12 statistics.
Mr Duncan asked for a report with a breakdown of the figures to show if Mondays were the worst day for sickies – as happens in some Scottish local authorities – and whether there are seasonal variations.