Council staff’s million day sickie
by Steffan Rhys
COUNCIL workers in Wales took more than one million sick days in the last financial year, the Western Mail can reveal today.
The figures equate to each local authority employee taking 11.3 days a year off sick, although in some councils the number is as high as 12.8 days – equal to two and a half working weeks each.
This is more than double the average six days a year taken off sick in the private sector.
The figures, produced by the Local Government Data Unit Wales, have been condemned for exposing a level of “huge inefficiencies” in Wales’ public sector.