Two in five adults would fake a ‘sickie’ if they wanted a day off work, according to a Com Res survey on morals for the BBC.

The most common reasons for calling in sick in 2018 were colds, musculoskeletal problems, mental health conditions and “other” problems, with the average worker taking around four days of sickness absence per year, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Employees were also happy to cover for colleagues who were taking fake sick days – two-thirds said they would not tell their manager if they knew a colleague was absent but not ill.

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