British Workers Too Busy to Take Holidays

31% of workforce did not take all of their holiday entitlement last year.

Workers concerned with heavy workload and what their work would think if they took the time off. A third (33%) of British workers said they did not take all of their annual leave allowance last year because their workload was too heavy to take the day(s) off. While 13% said they felt they couldn’t take the day(s) off and 4% were worried what their work would think if they took off the day(s).

These findings are uncovered in a major new YouGov survey of British workers’ attitudes to holiday and absence commissioned by the business information services company, Wolters Kluwer in the UK.

The right to paid holiday comes from the EU Working Time Directive. In the UK this amounts to 28 days (including bank holidays). The purpose of the Directive is to protect people’s health and safety as excessive working time is a major cause of stress, depression and illness.

Equally it is also the workers obligation to ensure they take these holidays to which they are entitled to.

Posted: Fri 15 May 2015
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