Tom Mellish, health and safety policy officer at the TUC, said: ‘Vaccinations alone are not the answer.’
Rather, he said, employers should ‘provide proper occupational health care able to prevent illness that afflicts the modern worker’, adding that such care should be provided in a ‘consistent manner’.
Top 10 firm PKF is offering its entire nationwide staff of nearly 1,300 a free flu vaccination to reduce the costly problem of employee sick days.
A spokesperson for PKF said that ‘anyone who wanted it would receive the flu vaccine free of charge’.
In response to the TUC’s comments, PKF said that the vaccination was just one of many free benefits offered to staff.
The firm also offers an external counselling line and legal aid line to its entire staff.
Deloitte said it was also offering the flu vaccination free of charge to all of its 7,319 staff in the UK.
Moore Stephens, which has 921 professional staff, also offers this free benefit, although it includes the vaccine as a charge on the employees P11D tax form.
BDO said it was not offering a free flub jab, but said it provided staff with private medical insurance.
It is estimated absence days cost companies £567 per employee each year, the majority of this due to flu.
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