A new survey undertaken by voucherbox.co.uk found that 9 out of 10 British workers failed to take all of their holiday allowance last year.
The study looked at British workers’ annual leave entitlement and found that 43% of us don’t take our full holiday allowance as we are too busy, and 7% of us reach the end of the year with at least half our allowance untaken.
When asked to elaborate, the top reason given for not taking full holiday entitlement was that we felt our workplace was too busy for us to take time off, with one in ten saying that they had holiday requests denied.
More than a third of us (35%) completely lost our untaken holiday days, unable to carry over the days to the following year or sell the days back to our employers.
In addition to this, 81% of us admitted to working up to nine hours’ unpaid overtime each week, effectively missing out on a further £434.40 in unpaid labour over the year.
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