Holiday? No way too busy! Third of British workers fail to take all their annual leave entitlement

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A third of British workers said they did not take all of their annual leave allowance last year because their workload was too heavy to take the days off.

Thirteen per cent said they felt they couldn’t take the days off and four per cent were worried what their employers would think if they took off the days.

The findings are uncovered in a major new YouGov survey of British workers’ attitudes to holiday and absence commissioned by the business information services company, Wolters Kluwer in the UK.

The right to paid holiday comes from the EU Working Time Directive. In the UK this amounts to 28 days, including bank holidays. The purpose of the Directive is to protect people’s health and safety as excessive working time is a major cause of stress, depression and illness.