Table 1

Distributions of the study population in 2006 (n=1 727 644), prevalence and length of SA beginning in 2005 and proportion of participants experiencing a DR in 2007–2014

MenWomen
Distribution (%)SA in 2005 (%)SA days in 2005* (median)New DR in 2007–2014 (%)Distribution (%)SA in 2005 (%)SA days in 20 05* (median)New DR in 2007–2014 (%)
Occupational class
 Upper non-manual19.65.3312.618.37.2313.3
 Lower non-manual17.78.1324.341.411.9336.5
 Manual worker35.012.2348.117.713.83510.6
 Self-employed12.27.0427.16.97.8407.3
 Outside employment15.58.16013.215.79.05010.3
Age, years
 25–3425.95.9332.425.07.1332.4
 35–4427.98.5344.227.610.0334.5
 45–5428.310.63711.628.912.73511.7
 55–6217.911.04011.018.513.53711.0
Marital status
 Never married35.67.3366.127.68.3335.7
 Married52.29.3356.555.511.0347.1
 Other12.311.64012.116.914.63611.5
Level of urbanisation
 Urban57.58.3356.359.310.2346.8
 Densely populated16.09.5367.715.611.2357.7
 Rural26.59.6368.225.111.4368.2
No. of SA days in 2005: all
 091.106.187.505.9
 1–303.71912.05.41913.0
 31–602.34215.83.54215.8
 61–1802.19021.32.78822.2
 >1800.729630.70.928432.6
No. of SA days in 2005: MSD**
 097.106.797.306.7
 1–301.31915.31.81917.9
 31–600.74319.11.04420.5
 61–1800.79022.20.99124.8
 >1800.229730.80.229434.7
No. of SA days in 2005: mental†
 098.906.997.307.0
 1–300.41914.21.02014.0
 31–600.34319.40.64318.0
 61–1800.39327.30.59324.4
 >1800.231933.30.2303.532.9
No. of SA days in 2005: other‡
 095.006.793.706.9
 1–302.32011.03.12011.6
 31–601.34213.71.94113.1
 61–1801.08918.01.18517.5
 >1800.328928.90.326528.5
All1008.9367.010012.5357.3
N867 58576 81760 932860 059107 47562 804
  • *Those with new SA spell that started in 2005.

  • ** Musculoskeletal diseases

  • †Mental and behavioural disorders.

  • ‡Other diagnoses.

  • DR, disability retirement; SA, sickness absence.