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Employees only use 77% of their annual leave, according to survey

With the half-term and Bank Holiday fast approaching and people thinking about booking their summer break, the Glassdoor Annual Leave 2014 survey asked employees how much of their annual leave they actually use and to what extent they end up working while out of the office.

Worryingly, the average UK employee ends up wasting almost a quarter (23%) of their total annual leave and 44% admit that they do some work while on holiday.

This new survey asks UK employees about four key elements of annual leave – how much they use, whether they use any holiday days to go for interviews, whether they work while on leave, plus the reasons why.

Survey highlights

Employees don’t use their full quota of annual leave:

The average UK employee uses just three quarters (77%) of their total annual leave – this is lowest in Scotland (66%) and highest in Wales (86%)

Only 50% of employees used their full quota in the past year. In Scotland, this was just 39% and in Wales it was 64%

Many employees end up working while out of the office on leave:

Forty four percent of employees admit to doing some work while on holiday

Eighteen percent of employees who took paid time off said that a colleague has contacted them about a work-related matter, and 13% said that their boss contacted them about work


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