Table 3

 Type of employment and sickness absence as predictors of job termination, expressed as odds ratios (ORs) and their 95% confidence intervals (CIs)

Number of temporary/ permanentMean sickness absence days/person-year in temporary/permanentTemporaryPermanent
OR*(95% CI)OR*(95% CI)
*Adjusted for age, income, occupational grade, urbanisation level, and employer.
†Low absence 0–15 days per person-year in 1996.
‡High absence: >15 days per person-year in 1996.
§p values for test of interaction between type of employment and sickness absence on job termination.
16–40 year olds
        Low absence†8750/90343.0/
        High absence‡2069/306245.1/51.81.53(1.36 to 1.71)1.08(0.85 to 1.36)
        p for interaction§0.001
        Low absence†2673/33171.8/
        High absence‡322/93339.4/47.11.26(0.97 to 1.64)1.41(0.93 to 2.15)
        p for interaction§0.437
41–54 year olds
        Low absence†3123/131242.7/
        High absence‡766/481647.9/56.41.70(1.36 to 2.12)3.19(2.52 to 4.03)
        p for interaction§0.001
        Low absence†702/52811.7/
        High absence‡109/144053.2/62.41.20(0.74 to 1.96)3.82(2.73 to 5.33)
        p for interaction§0.002