The sickness absence rate among employees in the Netherlands was 4.1 percent in the second quarter of 2011. It was lowest among workers in the hotel and restaurant sector: 2.5 percent, according to Statistics Netherlands.
Sickness absence has more or less stabilised in the Netherlands in recent years. In the second quarter of 2011 the rate was 4.1 percent. Twelve months previously it was 4.0 percent. This is the equivalent of 1 in every 25 employees being off work because of illness.
The highest rates of sickness absence are in public administration, education and manufacturing. Sickness absence was 5.1 percent in these sectors. In the health care sector, too, absence was relatively high, at 5.0 percent.
Increase in sickness absence
Although sickness absence was lowest in the hotel and restaurant sector in the second quarter of 2011, it is substantially higher than last year, when it was 2.1 percent. In public administration and manufacturing absence has also risen strongly.
Large companies with one hundred or more employees had an average sickness absence rate of 4.8 percent in the second quarter of 2011. Small and medium-sized companies had rates of 1.9 and 3.1 percent respectively.
The costs of sickness absence are considerable. In the second quarter of 2011, employers paid 2.6 billion euro in wages for employees who were off sick. In the same period last year they paid 2.5 billion euro.