By Sarah Keane • 10 December 2020 • 16:45
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WORKPLACE absenteeism in Spain skyrockets during the pandemic
In 2019 Spain recorded 5.5 per cent absenteeism, the highest figure in two decades. But amazingly, this year has seen an even higher rate of a whopping 6.3 per cent in the first quarter and 8.9 per cent in the second quarter. A report by the Adecco Group Institute said this is the highest rate of workplace absenteeism this century.
The high numbers in 2020 are caused by a multitude of reasons. Aside from the obvious rate of workplace illness and mandatory quarantine associated with the Covid-19 pandemic, in the later half of the year workplace absenteeism was marked by an increase in annual leave taken as well as hours lost due to supply and machinery problems.
The absenteeism rate jumped in all the autonomous communities in the first half of 2020 due to the outbreak of the coronavirus and all reached their respective historical maximum. The three highest correspond to the Valencian Community, the Canary Islands (9.6 per cent in both cases) and the Basque Country (9.5 per cent). On the contrary, there are only two regions where the absenteeism rate has remained below 7 per cent: the Community of Madrid and Extremadura.
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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