The statistics of sickness rates are maintained by the Austrian Social Insurance. It includes all medically confirmed sick leave cases (excluding normal deliveries) closed in the year under review. The group of persons covered includes all white- and blue-collar workers (excluding officials). The number of days of sick leave comprises all calendar days including weekends.
A total of 3.696 million sick leave cases were documented for 2020, down 1,038,378 cases
or 21.9% from the previous year - before the outbreak of the COVID
This reduction was largest for respiratory diseases
As far as particular industries are concerned, the
number of sick leave decreased most in accommodation and food services
and in the economic sections "information and communication"
as well as "arts, entertainment and recreation"
On average, the number of sick leave days per employed person was 12.7 in 2020, which
corresponds to a minus of 4.5% compared to the year before the pandemic
outbreak (2019: 13.3 days). The fact that this relative decline is much
smaller than that in sick leave cases (which amounts to
Further data on sick leave can be found on the homepage of the Austrian Social Insurance (only in German).
|Results (overview): Sick leave (cases, duration, days) since 1965|
|Sick leave (cases, duration, days) 2020 by sex and diagnosis|
|Sick leave (cases, duration, days) 2020 by sex, age and section of OENACE 2008|
|Sick leave cases since 1990 by diagnosis|
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