Posted 12th Nov 2018

More than 80% of Brits failing to use up their annual leave

12th November 2018 - 10:25am
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A new survey by HR software and support firm BrightHR has found that 83% of UK employees are “failing to use all of their annual leave”.

More than 80% of the 7,912 people surveyed said they have not booked all their holiday for this year, while the same amount admitted to having had unused annual leave at the end of last year. The report also found that 65% of UK employees who haven’t booked all of their annual leave this year “cannot carry it over” into the new year.

“As businesses head toward the end of their leave year, employers should encourage their staff to take their full leave entitlement,” said BrightHR chief technological officer Alastair Brown. “This is to prevent employee burnout and avoid disputes further down the road such as an employment tribunal.

“Employers should regularly remind staff about their remaining leave and that untaken leave will be lost, subject to carryover rules. Reluctant employees should be reassured that their workload will be covered in their absence. And if this is a recurring concern amongst staff, employers should look at how work is distributed.”

Brown added: “Employers who believe they are gaining if employees don’t take their full entitlement are mistaken, and they will eventually pay the price for not encouraging staff to take their full annual leave entitlement.”

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