VAB Photo: Scanpix. 29 February 2012

Record high of kids off sick in 2013

The number of working days missed by parents in order to tend to a sick child increased to a record high last year. The Swedish Social Insurance Agency says compared to 2012, the figure rose from 3.5 days per child to 4 days last year. The agency created an app to make it easier to apply for parental compensation and they credit this with the increase.

February is upon us soon, that is the month every year that sees the most parents staying home from work with sick children.

There has also been a dramatic increase in the amount of people taking sick days for themselves. Since last year the number of people receiving compensation while sick has increased from 150,000 to 170,000. The figure is a cause for concern for the conservative Moderate Social Insurance Minister Ulf Kristersson. He said to Swedish Television:"If people are home sick instead of being at work there is a personal cost. People make less money and their performance at work is at risk in the long term. But there is also a cost to society."

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