Nearly four in ten legal professionals don’t take all their annual leave

legal professionals don't take all their annual leave

37% of legal professionals did not take their full annual leave entitlement over the last year, according to the latest Robert Walters Career Lifestyle Survey.

The most common reason, cited by half of respondents, was that work pressures left them feeling unable to take the time off. 

Some respondents felt that taking all their holiday could jeopardise their chances of a pay rise or a promotion.

“This research suggests that annual leave remains unused because of the pressures associated with meeting deadlines, leading to employers turning down holiday requests,” says Colin Loth, Director of Legal Recruitment at Robert Walters.

37% of legal professionals did not take their full annual leave entitlement over the last year, according to the latest Robert Walters Career Lifestyle Survey. 

“Despite these results, there are still plenty of reasons for legal professionals to be optimistic about their future. The improving economy has generated renewed demand for both advisory and transactional lawyers in areas such as corporate, finance, property and technology,” adds Loth.

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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