The Manc - Over 8 million people threw sickies in 2019 because their jobs were "too painful""

More than 8 million people pulled sickies last year because their jobs were “too painful”

Did you pull a sickie today? You're not alone.

The first Monday of February - known in the UK as "National Sickie Day" - sees more people ditch work for the duvet than any other.

According to research conducted by IT company Insight, as many as 8.6 million people refused to go in last year because their jobs were "too painful".

Poor work culture, irritating colleagues and high workloads were some of the most popular reasons quoted for feigning illness.


On the other side of the coin, as many as 12 million people battled on throughout the working day despite being genuinely ill.

Many of these respondents persevered because they did not want - or could not afford - to use a sick day, whereas others were concerned about feedback from teammates or bosses.

Insight's data - based on a Kantar survey - has resulted in more calls for flexible working initiatives being integrated around the UK.

Whilst a higher number of companies are allowing employees to complete tasks from their homes, many businesses are still reluctant to embrace remote working.


Other surveys have shown September is also a popular month for sickie days.

A dodgy tummy is one of the most cited excuses for not coming into work. Flu and headaches were also common explanations for absence.

According to HR company Breathe: "Stigma around mental health struggles and burnout costs the UK economy £1.4bn a year through unexplained sick days."

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