Workforce Absenteeism New Brunswick

My column in the TJ tomorrow covers the new absenteeism data for New Brunswick and the other provinces.   I don’t do much speculation on the reasons why absenteeism is higher in New Brunswick (subjective) but I do say the big difference between women and men likely is related to women taking more time off for family reasons.
If you want to read the report from Stats Can or download data, you can do so here.
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Days Lost per Year – Average Worker (2011)
Illness or Personal Reasons – not incl. maternity/paternity

CAN

NB

Total, all industries

9.3

10.8

Goods-producing sector

8.3

8.6

Agriculture

7.8

n/a

Forestry, fishing, mining, quarrying, oil and gas

7.1

n/a

Utilities

7.3

n/a

Construction

7.6

5.2

Manufacturing

9.1

11.7

Services-producing sector

9.7

11.7

Trade

7.9

8.6

Transportation and warehousing

12.3

10.2

Finance, Insurance, real estate and leasing

8.5

11.7

Professional, scientific and technical services

5.8

8.6

Business, building and other support services

10.1

13.5

Educational services

9.4

10.4

Health care and social assistance

14

17.4

Information, culture and recreation

8.6

7

Accommodation and food services

7.6

9.3

Other services

6.5

N/A

Public administration

12.8

14.5

Days Lost per Year – Average Worker (Percentage Change 2007-2011) – New Brunswick
Illness or Personal Reasons – not incl. maternity/paternity
Total, all industries (6)

3%

Goods-producing sector (7)

-2%

Construction [23]

-21%

Manufacturing [31-33]

6%

Services-producing sector (8)

5%

Trade [41 44-45]

-15%

Transportation and warehousing [48-49]

-12%

Finance, Insurance, real estate and leasing [52-53]

-18%

Business, building and other services

-15%

Educational services [61]

44%

Health care and social assistance [62]

17%

Information, culture and recreation [51 71]

-9%

Accommodation and food services [72]

-13%

Public administration [91]

31%

Days Lost per Year – Average Worker (2011)
Illness or Personal Reasons – not incl. maternity/paternity

Males

Females

Diff:

Canada

7.7

 11.4

48%

Nova Scotia

8.8

 13.2

50%

New Brunswick

8.3

 14.0

69%

Quebec

9

 13.2

47%

Ontario

6.8

 10.2

50%

Manitoba

8.9

 11.9

34%

Saskatchewan

8.9

 13.9

56%

Alberta

6.3

 10.3

63%

British Columbia

8.7

 11.4

31%

Newfoundland and Labrador

8.5

 12.5

47%

Prince Edward Island

7.3

 12.8

75%

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2 Responses to Workforce Absenteeism New Brunswick

  1. Well of course the rates could be caused by any number of factors, but I have to say, the first one that occurs to me is: lower pay, more absenteeism.

  2. Kim says:

    As a front line health care professional it is not surprising to me that we have the highest rate of abesenteeism both in Canada and in NB. This is due to shiftwork which lowers immune systems, contact with highly infectious people,working short staffed and many overtime shifts, working in highly demanding stressful environments with little to no appreciation or understanding,and increased musculoskeletal injuries while caring for our patients.

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