39% of accountants do not expect to use their full quota of annual leave, with many feeling unable to take the time off, according to the latest Robert Walters Career Lifestyle Survey.
The most common cause, cited by 60% of respondents, was pressure to complete a project, busy workloads or having applications for leave turned down.
“Despite an overall increase in accountancy headcounts, heavy workloads show little signs of abating, fuelled mainly by a continually improving economy,” said Daniel Connors, Associate Director at Robert Walters.
The research also reveals that one in five accountants who don’t take their entire bloc of leave say they cannot afford to accommodate a holiday.
Other factors include a fear of falling behind, loyalty to helping the company achieve business goals and even guilt at leaving colleagues to take the strain caused by their absence.
Some accountants work so hard that they lose holiday, ending the year with too many days of annual leave to roll over.
To make the most of your annual holiday entitlement, we recommend:
Despite an overall increase in accountancy headcounts, heavy workloads show little signs of abating, fuelled mainly by a continually improving economy.
The Robert Walters Career Lifestyle Survey asked professionals a range of career lifestyle questions relating to their attitudes to career progression, work-life balance, working overseas and their contribution toward the success of the business.
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