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Women report sick more often than men

Women report sick more often at work than men. Among employees aged 25 to 35, women's absenteeism rate is twice as high as that of men. This is reported by the Central Bureau for Statistics.

Absence due to sickness increases with age. 15 to 25-year-olds report the least often ill at work and in this group the difference between men and women is small. In the age group 25 to 35 years, however, the rate of absenteeism in women was twice as high as in the younger group and also double the rate of absenteeism among men.

This study does not take into account differences in the work situation of men and women, such as the sector in which they work and the physical and psychosocial workload. Previous CBS research shows that even if this is taken into account, the absenteeism of women is significantly higher than that of men. This difference can partly be attributed to illness during pregnancy and after delivery.

What is the absenteeism rate?

The absenteeism rate is the number of sick days of an employee in the past year, compared with the total number of available working days of that employee. This means that part-time work is taken into account. For the 25- to 35-year-old women, the absenteeism rate in 2016 was 4.3. This means that they missed 4.3 days out of every 100 working days. In the men's that were 2.2 days.

People over 55

In the other age groups, the difference in absenteeism due to illness was smaller. Among 55 to 65-year-olds, men did not, on average, spend half a day less than women per hundred days. In this group, the percentage for men and women was the highest in all age groups: an average of 6 out of every 100 working days.