The proportion of hours lost fell from 2.8% in 1993 to 1.8% in 2011.
Women (2.3%) lost more hours from work due to sickness than men (1.5%).
People aged 50-64 were most likely to be absent due to sickness, with 2.5% of hours lost.
Organisations with 500 employees or more were most affected by sickness absence, with an average of 2.3% of hours lost.
The Public Sector (averaging 2.6 hours lost) was more affcted than the Pirvate Sector (averaging 1.6 hours lost).
Part time employees were most likely to loose working hours due to sickness (2.3%)
The South West has 4th lowest sickness absent rate (2.0%) of all English regions.