One quarter of people with long-term sickness want return to work

2.6 million are economically inactivity due to ill-health

Jaskeet Briah
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Nearly one quarter (22%) of people who have been forced out of work following a long-term sickness wish to return to work, according to Broadstone.

Broadstone's analysis of data from The Office for National Statistics (ONS) found that 2.6 million people were economic inactivity due to ill-health. The independent consultancy stated that this suggests over half a million people (560,000) want to return to employment if they can improve their health. Enabling this demographic back into work will "boost" the UK economy, Broadstone noted, as it will help employers to tackle staff shortages and support people with the cost of living crisis. Brett Hill, head of health and protection at Broadstone, said: "In a labour market where comp...

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