One in five women admit to shirking work to shop

Going shopping is the number one reason women bunk off work.

A study of 1,920 employees in the UK has revealed that the number one reason women skive off of work is to spend time shopping.

The UK’s leading discount voucher code website, www.MyVoucherCodes.co.uk has surveyed nearly 2000 British workers and found that across the board; just 46% of sick days in the UK are legitimate, where the person believed they physically couldn’t perform their work duties.

Men top the polls of taking days off sick unnecessarily, with 74% of men agreeing that they’d ‘pulled a sickie’ in recent years without actually being ill, compared to 65% of women who admitted the same.

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When asked by MyVoucherCodes.co.uk, “Have you ever taken time off work to shop?” 19% of women said yes, compared to 4% of men who admitted to the same.

Half of the women who took time off to shop said they’d shop in other cities so as not to be seen by people they may know. A third of the women who admitted to skiving in order to shop said they’d shopped online to ensure they weren’t rumbled.

The top five reasons women have time off work other than illness according to the survey are as follows:

To shop – 19%
To attend an appointment – 16%
To visit friends and family – 12%
To catch up on sleep – 9%
To do housework – 6%

According to Bupa, last year, sickness absence cost companies an average of £666 per employee and cost the UK economy £13.2 billion. Judging by the 54% of false sick days which are taken each year, £7.1 billion is lost to people having time off when they are physically capable of performing their duties – which equates to a cost of £ 816.5 million for people simply skiving in order to shop.

Mark Pearson, retail expert and managing director of MyVoucherCodes.co.uk explains: “The sickie is a time-honoured employment tradition, and although employers, including myself, wouldn’t be happy to know that our workers are faking a cold in order to buy the latest Jimmy Choos, you’ve got to admire their dedication to their interest!

“As for women shopping, I can see this figure rising on the run-up to Christmas, as great deals and discounts both online and on the high street influence them to pick up the phone and put on their best ‘I’d come in if I could’ voice.”

“Whatever the reason people decide not to go into work despite being fully capable, sickies cost the UK economy a shedload of money. Perhaps the Government could look to recoup lost revenue from games developers and fashion outlets?” adds Pearson.
 

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