SICKIES MORE PREVALENT AFTER AUSTRALIA DAY

Written on the 21 January 2016

SICKIES MORE PREVALENT AFTER AUSTRALIA DAY

IT appears Aussies celebrate Australia Day with more gusto than other national events, with recent data revealing that sickies are most common the day after 26 January.

The survey of more than 2000 Australians by Clipp - an Australian mobile-payment and deals app for bars, pubs and restaurants, suggests that 16 per cent of Aussies have chucked a sickie after Australia Day at least once.

This compares to 10 per cent after Anzac Day, 10 per cent after Melbourne Cup and 8 per cent after footy grand final weekends.

"On the flipside, 84 per cent of respondents haven't chucked a sickie after Australia Day, which is good news for employers who may have concerns about staff calling in sick," says Greg Taylor, co-founder and CEO of Clipp.

"And of the 16 per cent admitting to chucking a sickie after Australia Day, just seven per cent said they have done it 'a few times'." 

The data suggested that older Australians appear to value their work benefits and entitlements more, with younger Australians leading the charge when it comes to calling in sick after Australia day.

One quarter (24 per cent) of those in their 20s admitted to doing so, and of that, 13 per cent said they had done it once while 11 per cent said they had done it a few times.

This is closely followed by under 20s at 22 per cent, then 16 per cent of those in their thirties, 12 per cent of those in their forties, 9 per cent of those in their fifties and four per cent aged over 60.

When gender comes into play, males are more likely to have a sickie at 17 per cent compared to 14 per cent of females.


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