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Which occupational groups are most often sick?


The length of sick leave is heavily dependent on the profession
The increasing stress in the job endangers health. We get sick from too much stress. In some occupational groups the workload is apparently more intense than in others. This also shows the different length of sick leave.

Work affects our health
Many people live in constant stress at work. It has an impact on health. This is also shown in a current report by the umbrella organization of the company health insurance. The BKK Health Report 2016 “Health and Work” introduces: “Employees spend a large part of their lives working. It is therefore not surprising that work and in particular the associated working conditions have a significant impact on the health of employees. "

Professional activity influences illness
"In addition to the age of an employee, the occupational activity affects the disease process," the BKK writes in a press release. The health insurance report shows clear differences between the occupational groups.

In previous studies, too, enormous differences between the professions with the highest sick leave and those who were less or less sick were found.

Every worker is sick on average for 16 days
For the current health report, data from 9.3 million insured persons were analyzed, including 4.4 million employees who are insured with a health insurance company. According to the information, the strong flu wave of the past year had no effect on the total number of absenteeism:

Working people therefore lost an average of around 16 days due to illness. This corresponds to a sick leave rate of 4.4 percent in 2015.

IT employees are less likely to be absent
According to the report, cleaners are the leaders with more than three weeks (23 average days off), followed by traffic and logistics jobs (22 days) and security jobs (20.5 days).

At the lower end of the absenteeism scale, there are company-related service occupations - in the areas of law and administration as well as media occupations, each with around 13 sick days. On average, employees in the IT area were reported sick for only 12 days.

Absenteeism due to mental disorders
It was also shown that, as expected, professions that are primarily associated with physically demanding activities are primarily characterized by absenteeism due to muscular and skeletal disorders. In contrast, occupations with high emotional stress (e.g. health professions) show a particularly large number of days off due to mental disorders.

In the case of work accidents, there is also a clear connection between the profession carried out and the associated working conditions. If an average of 1.5 days per employee is caused by an accident at work in civil engineering, it is just 0.1 days for those working in the field of financial services, accounting and tax advice.

Regional differences
"There is still a clear east-west divide in absenteeism," says the health report. "This difference remains even after standardization for age and gender differences." For example, BKK members in Baden-Württemberg (13.2 days of incapacity for work per member) have an average of almost one calendar week fewer days absent than those living in Saxony-Anhalt (20th , 4 AU days per member).

Invest in employee health
Furthermore, it was shown that temporary or temporary workers were absent in 2015 for around 1.7 days longer than employees with a regular employment contract. There were big differences, depending on the professional group: Temporary or temporary workers who work in manufacturing or in transport and logistics professions have significantly fewer days off than permanent employees there. The opposite is true for the health professions, cleaning professions and construction professions.

According to the BKK, it pays for the employer to invest in the health of the employees: A study by the Health and Work Initiative (iga) showed that companies save an average of 2.70 euros with every euro they spend just because of reduced absenteeism spend employee health. (ad)

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