40% of professionals don’t take all their holiday

professionals dont take all of their holiday

40% of white-collar professionals are unable or unwilling to take their full quota of annual leave, according to our latest Career Lifestyle Survey.

The survey also suggests that one in seven fail to use at least a third of the holiday to which they are entitled. “While many teams are growing again, a significant number of professionals tell us that a busy schedule and short project deadlines make it difficult to schedule time off work,” said Colin Loth, Director at Robert Walters.


Other contributing factors include a fear of falling behind on workloads, loyalty to the company and even guilt at leaving colleagues to take the strain caused by their absence.
Some professionals work so hard that they end the year with too many days of leave to roll over.

Professionals most impacted 

Perhaps unsurprisingly, financial services workers find it hardest to escape, with just 38% taking all their annual leave.

While the figure rises to 58% in HR, 60% in marketing and 61% in accountancy, the diversity of professions affected suggests that a significant proportion of Britain’s working population is feeling the pressure.

40% of white-collar professionals are unable or unwilling to take their full quota of annual leave, according to our latest Career Lifestyle Survey.

Making time for annual leave

To make the most of your annual holiday entitlement, you should:

  • Schedule your holidays well in advance. This will help reduce your stress levels and offer enough time for your responsibilities to be shared or reduced around the time of your absence
  • Take a proper break. Allowing ample time to truly ‘switch off’ will ensure you get the rest you need across a busy working year. Although weekend breaks can help in the short term, try to allow for an extended holiday at least once a year
  • Disconnect. It's tempting to check your emails while you’re on holiday, but is this giving you the break you deserve? Instead, ensure someone else in the office is well-briefed on your work so that they can answer any urgent questions which may arise in your absence

About the survey

The Robert Walters Career Lifestyle Survey questioned professionals on a range of career lifestyle questions surrounding their attitudes to career progression, work-life balance, working overseas and their contribution toward the success of the business.

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