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The Race To Book A Place In The Sun

 The Race To Book A Place In The Sun

Workers in the UK face a race to book their place in the sun as over half (54%) say they can’t get the time off they want because their colleagues have got there first, according to Hays, the leading recruiting expert.

A survey of over 500 jobseekers found that competition for time off and stress at work means many of us are missing out on our hard-earned holiday time, with over a third (39%) saying they don’t usually take their full annual holiday entitlement.

Over half of those who don’t usually use their full allowance (53%) have been left with over five days of unused annual leave at the end of the year. This amounts to UK jobseekers missing out on over a staggering 200 days of holiday allowance over their working lifetime&sup1.

James Lloyd-Townshend, Managing Director at Hays, comments “In a competitive and challenging jobs market employees may feel they have to be seen to be present in the office to show their value and commitment. However, we all need a break from work to come back with our batteries fully recharged. Our survey shows that nearly four in ten (39%) jobseekers said they found it stressful handing over work before taking holiday and catching up with work when they returned, with 12% confessing they didn’t take holiday due to the stress. This goes some way to explaining the left over annual leave days.”

The UK consistently tops the list of the longest working hours in Europe, with an average of 42.7 hours worked each week compared with 41.6 across the EU2. Despite 29% of the jobseekers surveyed saying their employers offer the option to buy and sell holidays, 13% don’t take advantage of this benefit.

Lloyd-Townshend comments & lsquo;Employers should encourage and support their employees’ annual leave requests where possible to ensure a happy, healthy and more productive workforce. Both employers and employees need to find a balance between hard work in the office and being able to take their well deserved holidays, or risk the stress and strain of long hours taking it’s toll on morale and productivity.”

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