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Thursday 6 October 2011

Only 53% of staff take full holiday allowance

Only 53 per cent of UK staff took their full holiday entitlement last year, according to new figures which suggest that people are sacrificing time off to earn more.

Research carried out by Robert Walters, which polled over 1,700 professionals, revealed that 23 per cent of respondents took three-quarters of their holiday allowance, six per cent took half of it, seven per cent took approximately a quarter of it and 11 per cent used up no holiday entitlement whatsoever.

However, the results showed that UK staff actually take more holiday than the rest of the world, with only 39 per cent of the global workforce taking all their annual leave allowance in 2010 and 15 per cent taking none.

Martyn Wright, director of HR recruitment at the organisation, said jobseekers regularly say that work-life balance is a key issue for them and it is often cited as one of the main motivations for changing roles.

"Employers looking to differentiate themselves in a competitive market and attract top talent should therefore focus on selling any work-life balance initiatives in place," he added.

A recent survey carried out by Aaron Wallis Sales Recruitment found that only 43 per cent of men in sales jobs took their full holiday entitlement, compared with 69 per cent of women.

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Source: The Sales Executive News

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