Number of sick days per worker in Sweden 2018

Number of sick days per worker in Sweden in 2018, per quarter

by Agnete Lundetræ Jürgensen, last edited Aug 9, 2019
Number of sick days per worker in Sweden 2018 The average number of sick days per worker in Sweden during 2018 peaked in the first quarter, at 2.08 days. When sick days are observed over time, it is shown that the first quarter of a year usually has a higher number of average sick days per worker than the other quarters of the year. For all quarters, from first quarter in 2016 to third quarter in 2018, the average number of sick days was higher for women than for men.
The sick leave system in Sweden

      The number of sick days are defined as all civil days that an employee has been absent from work due to illness, without regard to if the person received sick pay or not. In Sweden, the first 14 days of being sick are paid by the employer. If the employee is sick for a longer period, the sick pay is handled by the health insurance, which is part of the social insurances.    

Sick days per sector 

      The number of sick days during 2018 was in general higher for employees working in the municipal sector, than in the other sectors. In the first quarter of 2018, the municipal sector had on average 2.93 sick days per employee, while in the business sector, the number for the first quarter was 1.83.
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Number of sick days per worker in Sweden in 2018, per quarter

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