The graph below shows the percentage of workers in 5 different European countries with a days or more illness absence from 1991 to 2001.
The line chart illustrates how the proportion of workers who were off work due to illness changed in five European countries between 1991 and 2001.
From the graph, it is obvious that there were 4.8% of workers who asked for leave in Netherlands in 1991 and then it rose to 5.5% in the next year. However, over the next four years, its proportion had declined to approximately 4% before it had soared to 5.4% in 2001.
Referring to the absence rate in France and Sweden, in the beginning of this period, 5% and 3% of workers were absent for illness respectively. In the following five years, the rate in France had dropped considerably while that in Sweden remained stably with a slight increase. In 1996, they both stood at the proportion of 3.2%. After that, more and more workers requested for a sick leave in Sweden; on the contrary, the figure for French workers decreased and kept fairly steady at 3%.
In contrast, the percentage of workers in UK and Germany with a day or more illness absence was much lower, at 2.5% and 1.5% separately and they stayed the same in the remaining years.
Overall, it can be seen that only France witnessed a dramatic reduction in workers’ absence rate and the most fluctuation was seen in the tendency for that in Netherlands.