Halifax workers taking more days off, says report
Posted: Oct 10, 2012 9:17 AM AT
Last Updated: Oct 10, 2012 10:46 AM AT
A new report shows people living in Halifax are taking more days off from work compared to the average Canadian -- and that percentage is on the rise.
The Community Foundation of Nova Scotia said last year people in Halifax were off an average of 10.2 days a year, not including maternity leave or vacation.
That number is up almost 16 per cent from a decade ago and is a day longer than the national average.
Reasons vary from illness, to caring for children or an elderly relative.
The report indicates work absence rates differ by sector. Full-time employees working public sector jobs in Halifax lost close to two weeks of work last year, while those working full time in private sector jobs lost just over a week.
Joan Jessome, president of the Nova Scotia General Employees Union, said the numbers aren't a surprise.
"They're out there doing their jobs creating public services for the people of this province so it's not uncommon for them to be sick more often," she said.
Leanne Hachey, vice-president of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, said the size of a business can also have an impact on how many sick days are taken.
"If you only have two or three other co-workers, you know that if you're off one day it will have a significant impact versus if you work in a place with hundreds of other people you may not have same skin in the game," she said.
"People in the public sector typically earn more than the same jobs in the private sector. Often times there's more vacation as well. There's more generous sick leave policies, they have different benefit packages."
The numbers of days workers are absent from work has grown an average 1.5 per cent annually for the past decade.
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