Managers struggle to find time for holidays

Most managers take little holiday and one in eight claim to take none at all, research finds.


Most managers take little holiday and one in eight claim to take none at all, research finds.

Most managers take little holiday and one in eight claim to take none at all, research finds.

More than two thirds (69 per cent) took two weeks or fewer off work throughout the course of last year, with 13 per cent saying they took no time off, according to a study of 507 decision makers by IFF Research.  

The number varies greatly between size of organisation, with 16 per cent of sole traders taking no time off but only 1 per cent of decision makers in companies of 50-250 employees claiming the same.

While 41 per cent of employers feel that the amount of holiday they had taken was ‘about right’, around half, (52 per cent), think it wasn’t enough.  

Some 56 per cent of sole traders think the holiday they’d taken was not sufficient, compared with 34 per cent of managers from organisations employing between 50 and 250 people.

Whereas 54 per cent of female staff are very satisfied with the holiday they get from work, just 40 per cent of men feel the same.  And although 57 per cent of employees in the public sector are very satisfied, the figure falls to 40 per cent in the private sector.     

IFF Research managing director Mark Speed says, ‘The pressures of running a business seem evident with the finding that the majority of employers take well below the four to five weeks’ holiday typical for UK workers, with a full 13 per cent saying they never take a break.

‘In smaller organisations, employers are more able to set the level of holiday which they personally take. Even with this control, many clearly feel that they cannot take a decent amount of leave.’

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