Employees absent due to anxiety and stress (FOI)
Employees absent due to anxiety and stress (FOI)Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by Government of Jersey and published on 06 April 2023.
Prepared internally, no external costs.
How many Government of Jersey employees have been signed off sick for anxiety and or stress in the last three years?
Please also share the figures for staff in each emergency service and the hospital.
For the purpose of this response, any individual with an absence longer than 5 working days is considered to have been “signed off”. This may not necessarily be a medically certified absence.
If an individual has been signed off from their role multiple times within the same reporting period, they will only be counted once for the purpose of this response.
Where numbers are fewer than five disclosure controls have been applied to avoid the identification of any individuals. Article 25 of the Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law 2011 has been applied.
Significant activity has been taken by the organisation in recent years to ensure that data on sickness and absences is as comprehensive as possible. This has included the inclusion of several areas of the organisation (such as Children’s Services, Police, Fire and Prison services) which tended not to report centrally but are now covered by current reporting processes. Data quality controls have also brought down the volume of absences recorded without a reason code from 13% of all recorded cases in 2019 down to only 2% of cases recorded in 2023. The impacts of staff working from home as part of the organisation’s response to Covid-19 have impacted the levels of absences recorded in recent years. While we have seen the overall number of staff reporting leave due to stress or anxiety has decreased, we have seen an increase in the length of leave for those who have been affected.
Please see the below table for the number of Government of Jersey employees who have been signed off sick for Anxiety and/or Stress in each of the last three full calendar years.
|Number of employees||307||518||511|
“Ambulance” staff are taken to be individuals identified within the Government of Jersey’s Human Resources (HR) systems as working a role within the Ambulance directorate.
| ||Year |
|Number of employees||<5||12||9|
“Police” staff are taken to be individuals identified within the Government of Jerseys HR systems as working a role within the Police directorate.
| ||Year |
|Number of employees||8||20||30|
Fire & Rescue:
For instances of Fire & Rescue staff being signed off due to mental health issues up to the 31st October 2022, information is publicly available on www.gov.je in response to a previous Freedom of information request. Article 23 of the Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law 2011 has been applied. Please see the following link:
Firefighter’s Mental Health Sick Leave (FOI)
Between 1st November and 31st December 2022 there were fewer than five additional Jersey Fire and Rescue Service employees signed off due to mental health issues. “Fire & Rescue” staff are taken to be individuals identified within the Government of Jerseys HR systems as working a role within the Fire & Rescue directorate.
Hospital Staff are taken to be individuals identified within the Government of Jerseys HR systems as working a role within the Department of ‘Health and Community Services’ excluding the services of ‘Mental Health’ and ‘Social Care’.
| ||Year |
|Number of employees||91||160||138|
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