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Mental Health Absences Drive U.K. Sick Leave Costs Up 31%

Sick leave due to poor mental health was the top cause of time off work in the U.K. in 2021, costing employers billions of pounds.

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Poor mental health was the leading cause of British workers taking off work for illness in 2021, costing employers an estimated 43 billion pounds ($56.9 billion).