The number of people going to work despite being ill has dramatically risen, according to new research, mainly due to the increased threat of redundancies and concerns over job security, even though the average level of employee absence has fallen.

The figures, released by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and Simplyhealth in their annual absence management survey, reveal that the average level of employee absence fell to 6.8 days per year. This is down from 7.7 days last year.

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