They get better pay, have more job security and, it turns out, Canadian public servants take way more sick days than people who work in the private sector, a new report says.
Public servants, including those in the education and healthcare fields, took an average of 10.6 sick days in 2014, the Macdonald-Laurier Institute reported Friday. Private sector workers took an average of 6.4 days.
The number of days public servants are sick has also jumped from 7.2 days in 1987, where as the number of days private sector workers have taken off when ill has remained nearly static. The average in 1987 for private sector workers was 6.1 days.
Philip Cross, the author of the study and the former chief economic analyst for Statistics Canada’s, said it is unlikely federal employees get sick more often.
“Both the level and trend of sick leave use in the federal government and throughout the public sector is troubling,” he wrote in the report, A Sickness in the System: How public sector use of sickRead More »from Public servants take more sick days than average Joe: report