Don’t risk ‘burning out’ by not taking your holiday entitlement


Wednesday 22 August 2018



As the summer holidays draw to an end – have you taken enough time off to book a break in the sun or cover childcare during the school break?

If not, you may be one of the thousands of people in the UK who are missing out on their holiday entitlement; and losing out on nearly £3 billion worth of paid leave a year!

According to the Trade Union Congress (TUC), one worker in 12 does not take the time off they should – and says those missing out were ‘at risk of burn-out’.

Partner at Buckles Solicitors LLP and head of employment, Giles Betts said: “People are finding themselves increasingly under pressure at work to meet deadlines, or to deliver employer expectations and risk generally taking on more than they perhaps should or indeed want to.

“In the UK most workers who work a five-day week are legally entitled to a minimum of 28 days' paid leave per year. An employer can include bank holidays as part of that statutory leave entitlement.

“According to the TUC findings, workers missed out on holiday either because they were set unrealistic workloads that could not be completed on time, or because employers were deliberately denying holiday requests and ‘managing out’ people's leave.

“In addition, we all know people who also stay the extra hour or get into the office early to carry out work-related tasks which they probably won’t receive overtime or extra pay for.”

Giles added: “As this time of year particularly, parents want to spend more time with their children and spend days out with the family before the new school term. By not having their holiday entitlement or requests for time off granted, it can cause stress as well as mental and physical ill health which could impact on the rest of their co-workers, friends and families.

“A content worker means a happier working environment and a more productive workplace so it is in the interest of the employer not only to meet their legal obligations and grant their workers’ well-earned leave but to encourage workers to use up all of their holiday entitlement.”

The TUC findings also revealed that:

- There are 1.2 million workers in the UK who receive no annual leave at all, and 2.2 million who get less than the legal minimum holiday of five and a half weeks a year

- People working in agriculture, mining and quarrying, and accommodation and food were the most likely to be missing out

- Workers are losing out on nearly £3bn worth of paid leave a year - 9.2% of female workers and 7.2% of male workers are losing out

- The sectors with the highest numbers of staff losing out are retail (348,000), education (342,000) and health and social care workers (291,000).





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