FOI request detail

Staff Absence

Request ID: FOI-2713-2122
Date published: 15 March 2022

You asked

I would like to request details of sick days recorded between 1st January 2020 until 1st March 2022 across the entire TFL network. In addition, I would like to request any details of the number of Covid-related absences recorded across the network, also between 1st January 2020 until 1st March 2022.

We answered

Our Ref:         FOI-2713-2122

Thank you for your request received on 25 February 2022 asking for information about staff absence.

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act and our information access policy. I can confirm we do hold the information you require.

Our in-house Occupational Health team provides a wide range of health services for the circa 26,000 frontline, operational and non-operational staff who work across the London Underground, Surface, Rail and Corporate directorates. Information, advice and a number of initiatives are in place to help our staff look after their health and wellbeing and support them at work wherever possible, including:

•           Physiotherapy and low back pain clinics
•           Advice to help staff prevent medical conditions associated with shift work
•           Counselling and trauma services
•           Female and male specific health management
•           Cancer awareness
•           Stop smoking support
•           Extensive advice and guidance via our staff intranet pages aimed at encouraging a healthy lifestyle, including monitoring and managing chronic conditions

To help reduce the level of staff absenteeism, our senior management works closely with Human Resources and Occupational Health to support colleagues and manage absence levels. For example, we have an extensive development programme for managers at all levels on managing sickness absence.

Please find the requested information in the table below:

            Sum of Total Absence Days Overall  Sum of Total Absence Days related to COVID
2020    229,904.38      6,849.32
2021    276,319.81      4,245.14
2022 (to 28 February) 26,296.16        427
Total    532,520.35      11,521.46

If this is not the information you are looking for please feel free to contact me.

Please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to appeal.

Yours sincerely

Gemma Jacob
Senior FOI Case Officer
FOI Case Management Team
General Counsel
Transport for London

[email protected]

Back to top

Want to make a request?

We'll email you the response within 20 working days.

We'll publish the response online without disclosing any personal information.