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London pulls the least sickies in the country

Posted at 1:15 pm, February 26, 2014 in News

People squash onto the London Underground © Ted Sullivan
You don’t need us to tell you that commuting in London ain’t exactly a barrel of laughs. Whether you’re suffering through a tube journey that condenses hundreds of people into one warm, sticky carriage, a bicycle obstacle course where the obstacles are hasty cabbies and HGVs, or a bus journey that sees you squashed between a double pram and the bus door for 40 minutes of stop-start traffic, getting to work is rarely less than torturous. So the news that Londoners pull fewer sickies than employees anywhere else in the UK made us glow with good old stiff-upper-lip pride.

According to the Office for National Statistics, we soldier on, day-in, day-out, spending only 1.5 percent of our working lives off sick, compared to a national average of 2.1 percent. Apparently it’s mostly down to our youthful population and motivated freelancers (or perhaps it’s because we’re thinner than the rest of the country?!), but we’re all doing our bit to keep London going. Great work, everybody. Maybe take a duvet day as a reward. Ashleigh Arnott

See more stats from the report here.

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