Solicitors pulling fewer sickies

The average number of sick days solicitors take has fallen, says a Law Society report.

On average, those taking time off due to ill-health or injury took 5.7 days in 2014, a drop from 6.6 days in 2013. However, 39 per cent of solicitors said they went into work when they really should have taken time off.

Female solicitors were more likely to take time off than men, with 35 per cent of women taking sick days compared to 25 per cent of men.

Meanwhile, 96 per cent of solicitors said they experienced negative stress, a figure which broadly tallies with the findings of Lawyer 2B’s stress survey.

Law Society president Jonathan Smithers said: “Law can be a demanding career. Many of us are drawn to the intellectual challenge and thrive on the high pressure the work entails, but we should also consider our own health and wellbeing. 

“The number of solicitors going to work when they should be taking sick leave to get better has fallen, but many still go to work when they are unwell.

“Solicitors experiencing stress or other sickness at work should speak to colleagues or their line manager about it. The Law Society has a free helpline that offers confidential support for all our members. We also provide a range of resources to support good practice management.”

Last week, a separate study said that three in four lawyers are burnt out or worried about the condition.

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