Most people on sick leave are service personnel. Women are over-represented when it comes to psychological problems, while men suffer more from physical complaints. This tendency is the same from year to year and we now hope to have the opportunity of examining the underlying causes.
The most recent statistics on sick leave from the Maritime Office of the Social Insurance Agency follow the same pattern as previous years. Those who work in hotels, restaurants and shops are significantly more often on sick leave than engine and deck personnel.
Sickness absence among deck personnel
”I believe that deck and engine personnel tend to work even though they are sick, and that they only take sick leave if they are really bad. We can only speculate on why this is the case, but perhaps it is a matter of tradition,” says Mats Lindblad, head of the Maritime Office at the Social Insurance Agency.
The statistics also show clear differences between men and women. Women are over-represented when it comes to psychological problems, while men suffer more from physical complaints.
”That does not necessarily mean that men feel better, psychologically, than women. The statistics may be because it is more acceptable for women to take sick leave for psychological reasons than men,” says Mats Lindblad.
Funds for research
We hope that we will now have the opportunity to investigate this situation relating to sick leave statistics. Together with the Kalmar Maritime Academy, the Social Insurance Agency has applied for funds for a research study to find what lies behind the figures.