Global absence intelligence hub.

Your window into employee absence trends on a global scale.

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Know how your absence patterns compare to global statistics.

Absence insights from 300,000 Edays users worldwide

Planned and unplanned absences can sometimes be difficult to predict. It can also be hard for businesses to understand the trends in their absence data and see how their data compares to global and local averages.

Here, we look at the global benchmark for businesses around the world and provide you with helpful Edays expertise to shine a light on what might be going on.

This months' absence insights...

DOWN 34.50% on August 2021 2.10 in September 2021

Global planned absence rate (annual leave)

Average holiday and annual leave days off per employee in the month.


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UP 1.37% on July 2021 0.37 in September 2021

Global unplanned absence rate (sickness)

Average sick leave days off per employee in the month.


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So, what does this mean?

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Global trends

DISCLAIMER: This expertise is based on retrospective trend analysis and should not be considered fact.
  • Holiday: Compared with August there has been a big drop in holiday bookings (35%). This could be down to schools being back, but also signals a warning for UK businesses. UK employees have on average 17 days of annual leave left to take. So, we’re at risk of seeing e another year of holiday hoarding where employees choose to save their annual leave to use up at Christmas.
  • Sickness: Sickness is up by 2% in September when compared to August. With Christmas around the corner, colder months approaching, and social calendars getting busier, we might expect this to rise once again.
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Themes Compared to 2019

DISCLAIMER: This expertise is based on retrospective trend analysis and should not be considered fact.
  • Employees have 50% more holiday to take on average following the 2020 holiday rollover. This has contributed to the 17 days of annual leave UK employees still have left to take. 
  • September saw a 53% increase in week-long holidays when compared to pre-pandemic times. 
  • The Oil & Energy sector has witnessed a 482% increase in sickness. With the public panic-buying petrol, the sector is already stretched thin, and will certainly contribute to sickness absence in the sector. 
  • The retail sector has also seen a rise in sickness (164%) with January and February contributing to a third of this. This shows that the winter months should be a real concern for the industry, especially as we approach the festive period.
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