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Table 5
Absence rates for full-time employees by workplace size, job tenure, job status and union coverage, 2011Note 1

  IncidenceNote 2 Inactivity rateNote 3 Days lost per worker in yearNote 4
Total Illness or disability Personal or family responsibilities Total Illness or disability Personal or family responsibilities Total Illness or disability Personal or family responsibilities
% % days
Workplace size
Both sexes 8.1 5.9 2.2 3.7 3.1 0.7 9.3 7.7 1.6
Less than 20 employees 6.9 4.6 2.2 3.0 2.4 0.6 7.5 6.0 1.6
20 to 99 employees 8.2 6.0 2.2 3.7 3.1 0.6 9.3 7.7 1.6
100 to 500 employees 8.9 6.7 2.3 4.3 3.6 0.7 10.6 9.0 1.7
More than 500 employees 9.2 6.9 2.3 4.4 3.7 0.7 11.1 9.3 1.8
Job tenure
Both sexes 8.1 5.9 2.2 3.7 3.1 0.7 9.3 7.7 1.6
1 to 12 months 6.5 4.5 2.0 2.5 1.9 0.6 6.2 4.8 1.4
1 to 5 years 7.9 5.7 2.1 3.5 2.8 0.6 8.6 7.1 1.6
5 to 9 years 8.6 6.1 2.4 3.9 3.1 0.7 9.7 7.9 1.8
9 to 14 years 9.3 6.5 2.7 4.3 3.5 0.8 10.8 8.8 2.0
Over 14 years 8.8 6.7 2.2 4.7 4.0 0.6 11.7 10.1 1.6
Job status
Both sexes 8.1 5.9 2.2 3.7 3.1 0.7 9.3 7.7 1.6
Permanent 8.3 6.0 2.3 3.8 3.2 0.7 9.6 7.9 1.7
Non-permanent 6.7 4.7 1.9 2.8 2.2 0.6 7.0 5.6 1.5
Union coverage
Both sexes 8.1 5.9 2.2 3.7 3.1 0.7 9.3 7.7 1.6
Union member or covered
by collective agreement
10.4 8.0 2.4 5.3 4.5 0.8 13.2 11.3 1.9
Non-unionized 7.0 4.8 2.2 3.0 2.4 0.6 7.5 5.9 1.5
1. Excluding maternity leave. However, men on paid paternity (in Quebec only) or parental leave are included in the calculation until 2006.
2. Absent workers divided by total.
3. Hours absent divided by hours usually worked.
4. Inactivity rate multiplied by working days in year (250).
Source: Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey.