The Work productivity loss in young workers report examines the prevalence of diagnosed back or neck pain and their contribution towards absenteeism and presenteeism (loss of productive time whilst at work) among young people.
Twenty per cent of 23-year-old workers in the study had diagnosed back or neck pain. These workers were estimated to have twice the rate of absenteeism for health reasons and be absent for almost double the number of hours compared to those without back or neck pain.
Nationally, the additional annual loss in productivity from absenteeism due to the young people’s back or neck pain is approximately $139 million. The study calculated that the total national loss in annual productivity for all 23-year-olds due to absenteeism and presenteeism (from all causes) is approximately $3.8 billion.
The findings are based on an analysis of the Western Australian Pregnancy Cohort (Raine) Study which has tracked over 1000 Western Australian children since pregnancy. Safe Work Australia has worked collaboratively with academics from Curtin University to draft this report.
This research report will inform the development of policies in relation to work health and safety. The views and conclusions expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of Safe Work Australia Members.
More details about the Work productivity loss in young workers report are available on the Safe Work Australia website.