Public sector sick leave 'almost twice' that of sick leave in private sector

Sick leave in the public service is costing the State €430m a year.

That is according to details of internal government documents published in today's Irish Times.

The figures from 2012 show the rate of sick leave in the public sector is almost twice that of private industry, while the highest rates are seen in the Gardaí and health service.

A new scheme came into effect this year which is expected to reduce the cost.

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