More than 600 staff were dismissed from Iain Duncan Smith'​s Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) for their poor work attendance record last year, according to figures released under the Freedom of Information Act.
Official statistics uncovered by communications agency LifeSize show 672 were fired for “​unsatisf​actory attendance”​ and 54 were disciplined for “​unauthorised absence”​ –​ including unwarranted sick leave - at the DWP, which employs more than 100,000 staff.
The average number of sick days in 2011 at the department was 7.4 per employee, with a total of 700,890 work days lost –​ or 2.6% of total working days.
Stress accounted for one in 10 of days lost to sickness (9.2%), followed by stomach upsets (8.1%), colds (5.8%) and back pain (5.8%).
Wonder if they had problems claiming ESA ?


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