London - Childcare problems are the most common reason for British workers to “pull a sickie”, a survey claims.
Almost two-thirds of us have taken a day off work after falsely claiming to be ill in the last three years, the research suggests.
One in five cite difficulties with childcare as the reason, while one in six have called in sick because of relationship problems.
Experts said it showed workers were made to feel uncomfortable if they were honest about family issues and called on bosses to do more to help workers struggling with personal problems.
Other reasons given for claiming to be ill include going to a job interview - one in ten said they had done this.