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Causes of long-term absences from work in the United Kingdom in 2019

In 2019 in the United Kingdom (UK), 59 percent of organization reported that one of the most common reasons for long term absences was mental ill health. Furthermore, musculoskeletal injuries was a leading reason of long-term absence for 53 percent of the organizations surveyed, followed by 46 percent who reported long-term absences for stress.

Most common causes of long-term absences from work in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2019*

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Release date

March 2020


United Kingdom

Survey time period

October to November 2019

Number of respondents

650 respondents

Method of interview


Supplementary notes

* Data shows share of respondents who included the cause in their top 3 causes of absence.

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