Mental health listed as top three reason for sickness absence in the construction contracting sector, says research.

Analysis of sick pay data from ECIS Insurance found that mental health accounted for 13% of employee absences after colds and bugs at 15% and musculoskeletal conditions at 48%. 

Claims for the treatment of mental health problems however remained relatively low. 

Vicki Leslie, client relationship manager for ECIS, said: “There’s a real disconnect between the number of workers suffering from mental health issues such as stress, anxiety and depression and those taking action to address the problem by seeking professional treatment.  

“We therefore urge employers to take up an active role in promoting mental health and wellbeing as well as highlighting the importance of early intervention amongst their workforce.”