Absence data


In common with other government departments the Cabinet Office has signed up to a range of measures agreed by the Civil Service Management to assist in tackling absence management:

  1. Guidelines to departments – the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has produced a checklist of good practice for Management Boards [PDF 267KB]. This checklist is intended to help boards assess their current procedures and systems.
  2. Senior Management masterclasses – a series of events designed by HSE and the National School of Government exploring aspects of the health and wellbeing agenda are ongoing.
  3. Internal quarterly reporting – In future information will be provided by departments and collated by Cabinet Office on a quarterly basis. It will be used by management to understand and manage sickness absence in all parts of the Civil Service.


The most recent annual analysis of Civil Service sickness absence has been published for the period 1 April 2006 to 31 March 2007 and is available on:

The Cabinet Office will continue to publish its own sick absence data quarterly.
Absence Data Published by the Cabinet OfficeAbsence data report – 1 January 2009 to 31 December 2009

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