Suspension of the waiting day: no increase in short stops observed – economy


Despite the suspension of the waiting day in the civil service at the start of the Covid-19 epidemic, there has been no increase in very short-term work stoppages (1 day), Sofaxis tells us, the insurer specializing in local communities.

Absenteeism is on the rise in the territorial public service

The waiting day has existed in the public administration since 2018: it presupposes the non-payment of remuneration for the first day of sick leave. Suspended with the start of the Covid-19 epidemic in order to prevent agents from coming to work when they are not feeling well and spreading the virus, the day of deficiency has been suspended. Currently, local civil servants are therefore compensated for their sick leave from day one. We could have expected that this measure would lead to an increase in sick leaves, but in fact, it did not happen like that: short-term work stoppages have not started to rise again, we learn. the insurer Sofaxis, specializing in local communities.

To measure absenteeism, the notion of “absenteeism rate” is commonly used. This indicator measures the share of working time lost due to absences. In 2020, in the territorial civil service, it stood at 9.5% against 9.2% in 2018. The increase concerns both ordinary illness (+ 13%) and occupational accidents (+16 % in one year), while long-term illness / long-term illness and maternity remain stable compared to 2019.

Work stoppages due to ordinary illness increased in 2020

With regard to ordinary illness, not only were more agents taking time off work for this reason, but the length of time of absence was also longer. The latter increased significantly in 2020. The length of sick leave for long-term illness / long-term illness has, on the contrary, decreased. As for work stoppages for maternity reasons, as the staff of the territorial public service ages, stoppages for this reason are requested less often.

In 2020, more than half of the stoppages (53%) were related to ordinary illness. Long-term illness / long-term illness accounted for 27%, accidents at work 15% and maternity 5%.