Hartlepool council staff taking fewer days off sick

Hartlepool Civic Centre in Victoria Road.

Hartlepool Civic Centre in Victoria Road.

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The number of sick days taken by council workers in Hartlepool has fallen, according to new figures.

The borough council’s annual sickness absence report showed that the number of days had dropped from an average of 7.89 per employee in 2013/14 to 7.82 in 2014/15.

This is a good news story in that we are over-achieving on some of the targets set.

Hartlepool Borough Council chief executive Gill Alexander

Without including school employees such as teachers, the figure fell from 8.86 per worker in 2013/14 to 8.47 last year.

Despite the improvement, the council did miss out on its target of 7.4 days per employee including school employees and, although it more than achieved the target excluding those employees.

A report carried out by the council’s Finance and Policy Committee read: “This shows a continued reduction in levels of sickness absence rates for the seventh year running and represents a reduction of 2.11 whole time equivalent days per employee/annum since 2008/9.”

The proposed targets for council employee sickness days for 2015/16 are 8.2 excluding school workers and 7.3 days including them.

At a meeting of the Finance and Policy Committee, the council’s chief executive Gill Alexander said: “This is a good news story in that we are over-achieving on some of the targets set.”

Council leader Christopher Akers-Belcher added: “I’d move to accept the recommendation and make staff aware of our thanks.”