Comment

‘Sandwich Generation’ health concerns in the UK

New figures from the ONS1 report that 141 million days of work were lost due to sickness in 2018, up 10 million on the previous year.

A closer examination of the data shows that mid-life workers, aged 50-64, are experiencing the highest rate of sickness absence in the UK. More than one-in-three (37%, 52 million) of the 141 million lost days were attributed to workers aged 50-64. This is despite this age group representing just 28% of the total working population.

 

16-24

25-34

35-49

50-64

65+

Days lost through sickness absence (million)

9.1

28.3

48.3

52.3

3.4

Days lost though sickness, as percentage of 141m total

6%

20%

34%

37%

2%

Workers as a percentage of 32.7m total

11%

23%

33%

28%

4%

Commenting, Alistair McQueen, Head of Savings & Retirement at Aviva said:

“There are more mid-life workers in employment than ever before, and they represent our fastest growing working age group. Over the past decade the total number of workers in the UK has risen by 3.6 million. 2 million (56%) of this increase has been registered in the mid-life 50-64 age group2.

“It is worrying that our fastest growing age group of workers is also suffering the most with their health, while it has also been reported that this age group is the least happy and most anxious in the UK3. Our “sandwich generation” is under strain.

“Little is more important that our health. A fast-growing population of mid-life workers is to be welcomed. We need the talents of all ages. But a fast growing poorly population of workers is not good for the individual and not good for the country.

“Aviva is investing in Mid-Life MOTs to helps its own population of mid-life workers manage their wellbeing, alongside their work and wealth. We want all our people to be able to give their best, and create an environment where age is no barrier to opportunity.”

- ENDS -

Sources:

Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.

1 - https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/labourproductivi-ty/articles/sicknessabsenceinthelabourmarket/latest

2 - https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/employmentan-demployeetypes/bulletins/uklabourmarket/october2019

3 - https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/wellbeing/datasets/persona-lwellbeingestimatesbyageandsex

Media enquiries:

Fiona Whytock

Retirement, Savings and Investments

Notes to editors:

  • For information on how Aviva is helping our people, customers and communities impacted by COVID-19 visit: www.aviva.com/covid-19-our-response/
  • Aviva is a leading international savings, retirement and insurance business. We exist to be with people when it really matters, throughout their lives – to help them make the most of life. We have been taking care of people for more than 320 years, in line with our purpose of being ‘with you today, for a better tomorrow’.
  • Our vision is to earn our customers’ trust as the best place to save for the future, navigate retirement and insure what matters most to them. In 2019, we paid £33.2 billion in claims and benefits on behalf of our 33.4 million customers.
  • We operate through five business divisions: Investments, Savings & Retirement; UK Life; General Insurance; Europe Life; and Asia Life; and focus on three strategic priorities: deliver great customer outcomes, excel at the fundamentals and invest in sustainable growth.
  • Total group assets under management at Aviva group are £510 billion and our Solvency II capital surplus is £12.6 billion (FY19). Our shares are listed on the London Stock Exchange and we are a member of the FTSE 100 index.
  • For more details on what we do, our business and how we help our customers, visit www.aviva.com/about-us
  • The Aviva newsroom at www.aviva.com/newsroom includes links to our image library, research reports and our news release archive. Sign up to get the latest news from Aviva by email.
  • You can follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/avivaplc/
  • You can follow us on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/aviva-plc
  • For the latest corporate films from around our business, subscribe to our YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/user/aviva
  • We have a Globelynx system for broadcast interviews. Please contact the Press Officer noted above if you would like to make a booking.

 

More from our Newsroom