The finding marks an all-time high in men's absenteeism from work and an 11 percent increase compared to the first quarter of 2005.
Men's absenteeism from work was also higher than that of women, which stood at an average of 4.35 days and is 2.1 percent lower compared to the same period in 2005.
Men's job security higher
In general, employees missed an average of 4.81 days in the first quarter of 2005, a drop of 0.02 percent compared to the same period last year.
"Up to 2003, women's work absenteeism during the winter was considerably higher than the men's," Hashavim Director Abie Meir said. "However, in the past two years there was a change in the absenteeism pattern, and the men's absenteeism recently surpassed that of the women."
"Since the recession, men's job security is higher than that of women, and therefore they took upon themselves to take sick and leave days in order to take care of their children, especially during their winter illnesses," he added.
The work absenteeism data are based on a sample of 20,000 salaries out of half a million salaries which Hilan Tech transfers every month to business and public organizations.