HRLocker Bradford Factor

The Bradford Factor is a way of measuring an employee’s absenteeism and is intended to highlight frequent short-term absence. The Bradford Factor can also be referred to as the Bradford Index or Bradford Formula.

Bradford Factor

Why use the Bradford Factor?

The Bradford Factor is an extremely useful tool to measure your employees absenteeism and also how these absences impact your business as a whole.
The tool can be used to identify trends and underlying patterns across the workforce and in an individual’s absenteeism.

Bradford Factor Examples

Employee A

Over the last 12 months, Employee A has been absent from work on 6 occasions due to sickness. These 6 occasions account for 8 days of absence in total over the 12 month period.

Employee A’s Bradford Factor score is 288 which is calculated by:

S x S x D = Bradford Factor

6 x 6 x 8 = 288

Employee B

Over the last 12 months, Employee B has been absent from work on 2 occasions due to sickness. These 2 occasions account for 16 days of absence in total over the 12 month period.

Employee B’s Bradford Factor score is 64 which is calculated by:

S x S x D = Bradford Factor

2 x 2 x 16 = 64

HRLocker's Free Bradford Factor Calculator

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Total number of days absent in a 52-week period


Bradford Factor Report in HRLocker

Our HR Software can be used to calculate and download Bradford Factor Score across your organisation. Filter by employee, team, department and even office to easily extract that important information.

The reports can be exported as a CSV file, which allows you to store and manipulate the data in a spreadsheet that could be emailed to your colleagues who need to see the data or extracted by the selected managers and admins. Alternatively, the reports can be printed as they are displayed in our system. Book a demo to find out how we can help you with automatically calculating a Bradford Factor Score for your employees and company.

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