09 August 1999
Farmworkers take least sick-leave

AGRICULTURAL workers are the least likely staff to take time off work for ill-health, according to a study by the Office for National Statistics.

It found that the rate of absence among agricultural staff was just 2.3%. Health and social workers had the highest rate at 4.6%.

South Yorkshire and Merseyside were the regions with the highest sick leave rate, at 4%.

  • The Guardian 09/08/99 page 12