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91% of all working days lost between 2011 and 2012 were as a direct result of disputes where pay was the principal cause, according to the Office of National Statistics. This marks a significant increase from 2009 – 2010 where pay disputes only accounted for 24% of working days lost.
Working days lost were more prevalent in the public administration and defence industrial group, which accounted for 60% of the days lost. The second highest proportion of days lost was in education with 16% of the total.
Most of the disputes were short, with 47% of work stoppages lasting for a single day. 7% of days lost lasted in excess of 11 days, and 8% lasted between five and 10 days. Only one dispute in 2012 resulted in more than 100,000 working days lost; compared with three such occasions in 2011.
London and the North East had the joint highest rate of working days lost with an average of 14 days per 1,000 employees. Wales ranked second with 12 days. All regions saw a year-on-year decline in 2012. Northern Ireland recorded one day lost per 1,000 employees.