At the launch of his healthcare insurer, FirstAssist, Tim Ablett was waxing lyrical about the need to get sick employees back to work quickly.

It would seem the world of insurance broking could be a good place to start. According to a survey from employment law firm Peninsula, brokers in Manchester and London are the sickest in the country, with sick days per employee running at ten and 11 days a year, respectively.

The most common reason for a day off? Food poisoning at 27%. Brokers in Birmingham benefit from the healthiest (or most conscientious) workforce in the country, with each employee taking an average of only six sick days a year.