Winter illness in the UK


Key facts and figures:

  • 25.9 million days were lost due to illness in the UK last year
  • 30% of sick days taken in the UK are due to coughs and colds
  • The average employee costs a business £554 in sick days
  • 9.6 million work days are lost due to the ‘winter blues’
  • The first Monday in February sees the highest amount of absences in a year
  • The average person takes 6.5 days sick leave each year