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Australian Sick And Annual Leave Patterns

Published July 21, 2016 (last updated June 17, 2020) -
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A study released by the Household Income and Labour Dynamics Australia (HILDA) has revealed interesting patterns about paid leave in Australian workplaces.

The study revealed that full-time female employees took more annual leave than males in 2015, taking an average of 17 days of leave. It was suggested by the President of the Australian Human Resources Institute, Peter Wilson that women took more leave as they were “more likely to be the primary caregivers to children”. Managers and sales workers were found to take the least amount of sick leave.

Additional patterns found in the Australian study revealed more sick leave was taken by unionists, smokers, and drinkers. However, the survey found these groups were also less inclined to take annual leave.

On average, more annual leave is taken by professional, community and service workers, and union members, which according to the study, suggests these groups tend to be more secure in their work, have access to better conditions, and generally are more aware and confident of their rights in the workplace. Also, the longer people remain in their roles, the more annual and sick leave they took, while employees working weekends were found to take more annual leave than those working Monday to Friday.

In your workplace, it is important to effectively manage leave entitlements. Your employees must give you as much notice as possible of their intention to take annual leave and also advise you of their expected return to work date. If the employee is sick, return to work interviews and medical certificates are an effective way to ensure your business is not affected by regular absenteeism.

If you would like to discuss managing different types of leave, or would like to implement any of the suggested procedures into your employee handbook, contact Employsure today on 1300 651 415.

Source: Australian Financial Review

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