The first Monday in February supposedly sees the highest number of UK employees calling into work sick, landing it the title of National Sickie Day. But in reality, many spend the day nursing a sore head from a heavy weekend, catching up with friends and even attending job interviews. According to Hyper Recruitment Solutions, a quarter of February’s interviews take place on this day.

In honour of National Sickie Day on Monday 3rd February, we take a look at the best and worst excuses for calling in sick.


  • Flu
  • Back pain
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Common cold
  • Migraine
  • Injury


  • “My only pair of work trousers are in the wash”
  • “The dog chewed my work shoes”
  • “I was out last night and haven’t had any sleep”
  • “My friend is on holiday so I can’t get a lift to work”
  • “My wife earns more money than me so I have to look after the kids”
  • “I’m trying for a baby”

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