Using the Labour Force Surveys to Construct and Absence Rate Series for Britain, 1984-1997

Tim Barmby, Marco Ercolani, John Treble

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The Labour Force Surveys are used to construct monthly, quarterly and annual absence rate series for British full-time employees in 1984-1997. The long term trend is for the absence rate to remain constant at around 3.2%. A seasonal pattern is also found, with the absence rate being highest in December and lowest in May. The same data is also decomposed respect to various socio-economic characteristic. These include, geographical area, gender, age, marital status, trade union membership, industry and occupation. Systematic patterns are evident in these decompositions. ; Absence from work; Absenteeism; Illness
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Publication statusPublished - 1999

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