The Confederation of British Industry has found that one in eight sick days taken by British workers is fake with most of these days being taken on a Monday or Friday. Managers also reported a link between days off and major sporting events.

The average worker took seven days off sick last year resulting in a loss of 175 million working days at a cost of £13.4 billion to the economy. The cost of fake sickness days alone cost £1.6 billion.

The report also emphasised that manual workers took more time off than white collar workers and those employed by big organisations were more likely to call in sick than those small firms.