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British workers not making full use of holiday days, says survey

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19 May 2014


 19Th May

British workers are not taking all their holiday entitlement giving employers more than £18 billion worth of work for free, according to new findings. 

Only 77% of people take all of the annual leave to which they are entitled to, according the UK Annual Leave Survey of more than 2,000 staff by workplace review website Glassdoor.

Almost all employers are required to give 5.6 week’s paid holiday per year, with Brits working for free for approximately six days a year on average according to the findings.

With 30.4m people in employment in the UK earning an average of £474 a week each, this means that companies are gaining more than £18bn of work free each year.

Those aged 16 to 24 are least likely to take all the days they are due says the report.

“While there is always work to be done, employees should be conscious of using time off they've earned to recharge. In turn, employers should consider being more clear to everyone about what it means to be on holiday, actually let others be on leave, and go beyond just encouraging employees to use time off," says Joe Wiggins, senior jobs community manager at Glassdoo.

According to HR magazine, employees (especially those aged between 25 and 34) have difficulty switching off from work while on holiday and often end up doing some work while away because their colleagues or boss contact them.  

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