Survey: EEF Health and Work Survey 2018


Manufacturers’ organisation EEF has published its 15th annual survey, in partnership with Howden, looking at sickness absence, health and work issues. It provides an up-to-date snapshot of the state of health and work among EEF members in 2018.

Key findings

  • Long-term sickness absence is not recorded in a third of companies, while just over half of companies record levels of long-term sickness absence (20 working days or more).
  • The most common cause of long-term sickness absence for just under two-fifths (37 per cent) of companies is a result of employees waiting for medical investigations and/or recovering from surgery.
  • Almost all companies implement measures to help reintegrate employees back into work. Larger companies offer the greatest number and variety of rehabilitation measures.
  • Just over four-fifths of companies have access to occupational health (OH) services. The most common utilised OH services are task fitness assessments, while audiometry – measuring hearing acuity – is the most common type of health surveillance for 82 per cent of companies.

The survey includes responses from 165 organisations. SMEs with up to 250 employees comprised almost nine-tenths (88 per cent) of the responses received. The respondents were representative of the whole EEF membership by region and by manufacturing sub-sector.