Nearly nine out of 10 workers failed to take all of their holiday allowance last year, with almost one in 20 missing out on more than 10 days of paid leave, according to a survey undertaken by money-saving site Voucherbox.co.uk.
The survey of 1,000 employees, looked at British workers’ annual leave entitlement. It also found that 43% don’t take their full holiday allowance because they are too busy to do so and that over half are entitled to more that 25 days of paid holiday per working year, with 7% reaching the end of the year with at least half their allowance untaken.
More than a third were unable to carry over remaining holiday days to the following year or sell it back to their employers, meaning that 35% had to simply lose their annual leave, losing out on an average of £674.60p a year, based on average UK salaries.
The top reason people gave for not taking their full holiday entitlement was that almost half felt that their workplace was too busy and therefore felt they couldn’t book any time off whilst one in 10 said that they had holiday requests denied by their bosses.
Some 81% said they work up to nine hours’ unpaid overtime each week, effectively missing out on a further £434.40 in unpaid labour over the year.