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Milton Keynes firefighters less likely to take time of sick

Firefighters are asking those taking part in Monday's Lights Out remembrance campaign to be cautious

Firefighters are asking those taking part in Monday's Lights Out remembrance campaign to be cautious

Firefighters in Milton Keynes and Bucks were less likely to take time off sick than the UK average over the last 12 months.

According to figures being discussed by the fire authority next week (July 30) the average firefighter was absent for 6.98 shifts between April 2013 to March 2014.

This was below the national average of 7.32 shifts being lost per firefighter, and put Buckinghamshire & Milton Kenyes Fire Authority 16th out of 31 fire authorities.

Support staff for the local fire service were also sick less often than the national average - 7.22 days were lost to sickness per person, rather than the national average of 9 days.

And staff working in the control room took an average of 4.88 days off sick. The national average was almost double that, at 9.2 days off sick.

The report being considered by members of the Fire Authority says: “Our overall attendance is improving, and in many cases, better than average when compared to other sectors.

“ The 2013 Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD) benchmarking data shows that our sickness absence is now 2.5 days per person less than the average annual public sector absence.”

 

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