Work hard but don’t play hard? British workers more reluctant to take holiday

More than a third of British workers wait more than seven months to go on holiday, according to new research.

The average Brit waits over seven months to go on a weekend break and one in three of the public also waits over seven months to take holiday for longer than a week, according to new research from

During times of feeling stressed Brits are still reluctant to take any time off work as more than half of respondents admit that this would not be a good enough reason to take time off. When we do take holiday time off 59 per cent only do so to just stay at home.

TV Psychologist Jo Hemmings understands that, whatever your job and wherever you work, most people appreciate a break from routine.

Hemmings continues, ‘Even if you’re tempted to think that something will go wrong while you are away or that a holiday will simply lead to even more work when you get back, everyone needs some time out, away from the daily routine, to rest, relax and de-stress.

‘A break away from work, even if only for a few days, gives us a fresh perspective on our jobs and that all important life/work balance.’

Only going out once a week, the average Brit does not give themselves much chance to let off steam – 37 per cent admit that they do not go out with friends during the week at all.

When the weekend finally arrives, Brits would rather spend their time relaxing at home (71 per cent) than socialising with friends (36 per cent) or spending time doing hobbies (44 per cent).

Women are more likely to stress over money when they take holiday,  as almost 60 per cent of females consider their financial situation the strongest influential factor when contemplating to take a holiday, compared to 48 per cent of men.

Men are also the biggest spenders on holiday as the average British male spends over £1000 on a holiday whereas women spend on average a slight more modest £989.

James Morris, managing director at says, ‘While it is great that we are a nation of hard workers, it is important that we take time out to rejuvenate ourselves and spend time with our families so we don’t burn ourselves out.

‘The public should be able to recognise when they need a break to refresh themselves so whatever their job is they can always perform to their full potential.’

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Owen Gough, SmallBusiness UK

Owen Gough

Owen was a reporter for Bonhill Group plc writing across the and titles before moving on to be a Digital Technology reporter for the

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