TravelSupermarket reveals that the nation is running the risk of relinquishing 11.6 million annual leave days in 2018. Research commissioned by the travel comparison website found that over 1.4 million Brits will fail to get organised and book all of their holiday allowance off before the end of the year.
This means that employers could stand to gain an extra £1.2 billion of ‘free’ work from their employees. The national average of unused holiday for those whose annual leave runs from January to December is 8.4 days with males admitting to being less organised than their female counterparts having an average of 9 days left unused vs females who have 7.5 days.
Meanwhile, for those whose annual leave runs from April to March, 29 per cent expect that they won’t be able to use all of their allowance, despite having five months of the year to go.
Exploring the reasons why Brits are so reluctant to take their entitled holiday, 23 per cent said they were too busy at work to take the time off, while just over one in five (21 per cent) who won’t use all of their leave said they’d taken all the holiday they wanted to this year. A further 16 per cent couldn’t afford to take the days off and don’t want to waste them, while 11 per cent said they would be concerned about how it would make them look to their employer. Another 11 per cent said they didn’t want to miss anything interesting or beneficial in the time they’d be away.
Emma Grimster, spokesperson at TravelSupermarket said: “It’s worrying to see that so many Brits are still failing to get themselves organised and make the most of their annual leave, but the good news is, it’s not too late to do something about it. There is still time to firm up your plans and book a holiday to give yourself a well-earned break before the end of the year, no matter how many days you have left to use up.
“Just make sure you do your research online to work out what you can do with your remaining days’ leave. It may be that you decide to take a short city break or two, or even a 10-14 night holiday if you have the days still to use. With Christmas just around the corner, why not visit one of the many European Christmas markets? Prices to Krakow start at just £94pp for a three night stay, departing next month. Or if some winter sun is more your scene, seven nights in a four star hotel in the Canaries will set you back from just £160pp if you can depart midweek in mid-November.”