1 in 3 UK workers not taking full holiday entitlement

19 - 08 - 2013

A third of office workers in the UK do not take all their holiday leave, research by recruitment company, Adecco, has revealed.

The study, which surveyed 1,000 employees about their annual leave, found that 15% of people only take leave because they are forced to by their employers.

Over a quarter of workers said they had not used all their holiday allowance because they ‘felt guilty’ about requesting time off. Half of these people reported feeling guilty due to feeling they were leaving colleagues in the lurch.

One in three respondents admitted they had experienced ‘added stress’ due to their colleagues taking time off from work and 50% of respondents said they would cancel holiday for work commitments.

One fifth of employees confessed having lied to their employer about the reasons they were taking holiday.

Operations director at Adecco, Alex Fleming, described such behaviour as ‘bad habits’ and emphasised that holiday leave is a legal entitlement which workers should be encouraged to take advantage of.

‘UK workers seem to have adopted a range of bad habits associated with their holiday leave. It is important to remember that annual leave is a legal entitlement and people should be encouraged to use it. It seems employees are reluctant to take their holiday leave and this could be for a range of reasons, including fears over job security and leaving their colleagues with increased stress,’ he said.

A study carried out by HR consultant Thomas Watson in 2012 found that staff risked ‘burn-out’ if they refuse to take their full annual leave entitlement in order to de-stress.


Foremans (UK)

Employees of Umbrella Company, Foremans (UK) are reminded that they are entitled to holiday pay and are encouraged to take advantage of this entitlement in order to take time off work.


If you have any queries about holiday leave and pay entitlements, do not hesitate to call Foremans on 01244 625 500.







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