Experience of work and education

The experience of work and education section includes information about:

  • staff engagement (NHS)
  • sickness absence in the labour market
  • percentage of half days missed due to overall absence in all school

Sickness absence in the labour market

Why this is important

The independent review of sickness absence (published December 2011) was commissioned by government to help combat the 140 million days lost to sickness absence every year.

The review provided an important analysis of the sickness absence system in the UK; of the impact of sickness absence on employers, the state and individuals; and of the factors which cause and prolong sickness. This is in line with the government's strategy for public health, which adopts a life-course approach and includes a focus on the working-age population in the 'working well' stage to help people with health conditions to stay in or return to work.

The Barnsley picture and how we compare

Barnsley’s current rate (2016/18) of 1.1% is the same as the England rate.

Compared to other local authorities within Yorkshire and the Humber in 2016/18, Barnsley’s rate was the seventh highest.

Compared to similar local authorities in 2016/18, Barnsley’s rate was the eighth highest.

View the trend and comparator data charts.

Resources and supporting documents



Percentage of half days missed due to overall absence in all schools

Why this is important

Parents of children of compulsory school age (aged five to 15 at the start of the school year) are required to ensure that they receive a suitable education by regular attendance at school or otherwise.

Education attainment is influenced by both the quality of education they receive and their family socio-economic circumstances. Educational qualifications are a determinant of an individual's labour market position, which in turn influences income, housing and other material resources. These are related to health and health inequalities. Improving attendance (ie tackling absenteeism) in schools is crucial to the government's commitment to increasing social mobility and to ensuring every child can meet their potential.

Improving school attendance will require all services that work with young people to agree local priorities. This indicator should help achieve this.

The Barnsley picture and how we compare

Barnsley’s rates for pupil absence has been significantly higher than the England rates since 2011/12.

Compared to other local authorities within Yorkshire and the Humber in 2017/18, Barnsley’s rate was the third highest.

Compared to similar local authorities in 2017/18, Barnsley’s rate was the third highest.

View the trend and comparator data charts.

Resources and supporting documents