HR · 13 October 2017

Full-time employees waste four days of annual leave a year on average

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Some 62 per cent of staff claim they’re “too busy” to take a holiday

British workers in full-time employment miss put on four days of annual leave a year on average – the equivalent of 188 days over the course of a working life – new research has found.

Based on a 7.5 hour working day and the UK living wage of £7.50 per hour, this amounts to £10,575 in missed annual leave over the course of a lifetime.

In a survey of more than 2,000 full-time employees, travel site Jetcost asked respondents the reasons for missing out on their holiday entitlement.

The most common reason, given by 62 per cent of employees, was that they were “too busy” to take a holiday. Another 51 per cent said that they frequently “forgot” to take their holiday, while 29 per cent claimed they “struggled to coordinate leave with colleagues”.

The respondent workers who said they usually miss out on part of their annual leave entitlement were then asked if they missed any special occasions, to which 70 per cent said they had worked on their birthday.

Other special occasions full-time staff frequently missed due to work were a partner or a child’s birthday (41 per cent) and even Christmas Day (13 per cent).

Commenting on the survey’s findings, Jetcost’s spokesperson said in a statement: “It’s easy to let work commitments and stress take over and before you know it you’ve forgotten that there is more to life, however it is important to take the time off that you’re entitled to.

“Not only is it good for your home life and wellbeing, but it also makes you more productive too. Missing out on £10,575 is enough to make most people think twice, but you will also never be able to get that time back making memories with loved ones.”

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Fred Heritage was previously deputy editor at Business Advice. He has a BA in politics and international relations from the University of Kent and an MA in international conflict from Kings College London.

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