Kirklees Council workers are off sick for an average of 9.83 days a year, figures show.
The Kirklees absence figure has fluctuated in recent years around the nine day mark.
Kirklees Council has released the figures after an Examiner request following criticism in neighbouring Calderdale that workers were getting an extra two weeks paid leave a year.
The Kirklees figures are: 2008/09 10.01 days; 2009/10 9.92 days; 2010/11 9.12; 2011/12 9.39; and 2012/13 9.83.
In Calderdale employees took an average of 8.92 working days off sick in the year ending March 31, 2013. It was claimed it was costing the council between £400,000 and £500,000 a year.
A Kirklees spokeswoman said the figures include school absences, as well as refuse collectors, which Calderdale figures don’t include.
Refuse collectors are more susceptible to injury because of the nature of the job.
She said the authority does not calculate the costs of sickness as it would take too long to do with any accuracy.
The spokeswoman explained: “Kirklees has a robust absence management policy dealing with both long term and short term absence.
“This links in with the Employee Occupational Health Care unit who provide managers with specific advice on how to support employees to return to work as soon as they are able or to help managers make decisions on whether the council can continue to employee the person.
“All absence is closely monitored and managers are supported to ensure all absence is efficiently dealt with in a timely manner.”
Staff are advised caution over attending work while ill, especially if they work with vulnerable people.
The spokeswoman said: “Some employees are carrying out very physical duties where they do need to be fully fit and comply with health and safety requirements.
“Employees who are off sick are contacted on a regular basis and meetings are held with managers to encourage a return to work, if this is possible.”