Looking after your lifestyle during a time of uncertainty
Nobody wants to worry about how they’ll pay the bills if they become sick or injured and can’t work. But illness or injury can strike at any time and can lead to serious financial trouble. The latest government figures report the dramatic increase in the likelihood of long-term sickness absence when we age, leading to an employment absence of four weeks or more.
This highlights a worrying increase in the probability of experiencing long-term sickness absence as we age. 3% of workers under the age of 45 experienced a long-term absence from work as a result of sickness in 2018. This doubled to 6% among the 45-and-over population. In 2018, 773,000 workers aged 45 and over had to take time off due to poor health, of which 59,000 subsequently left work completely.