Construction workers are the hardest working people in the UK, according to a new study.
The research, conducted by www.sunshine.co.uk, found that on average those working in the construction industry take the least number of days off each year.
The majority of those working in construction only take four days annual leave a year because they feel ‘too busy’ to take time off.
In comparison, those working in healthcare, retail, media and journalism and marketing all took 10 or less days of annual leave, while employees in hair and beauty (35 days), travel/tourism (32 days) and recruitment (30 days) were more likely to take full advantage of their annual leave.
According to the study of 3,172 aged over 18 in full time employment and entitled to 28 days paid annual leave as standard, 34 per cent finish their working year with unused annual leave and the majority of these lose that time by not being able to transfer the allowance to the following year or be paid for it instead.
Of the respondents from 30 different sectors, 57 per cent, said they lost all of the annual leave that they did not use as a result of not taking it.
Those who stated that they had taken more than their allocated 28 days of annual leave were asked how they had come to have even more time off, to which 57 per cent of the relevant respondents said that they had ‘accrued more for time off in lieu’ and 23 per cent said they had simply ‘requested and been granted more holiday’, either paid or unpaid.
Anyone who did not take all of their allocated annual leave during their last full working year was asked why they had not done so, to which 86 per cent said they felt ‘too busy’ to be able to do so. Only four per cent said that they didn’t take all of their holiday because they ‘didn’t want to/didn’t feel it was needed’.
Chris Clarkson, managing director of www.sunshine.co.uk, said: “I can’t see why anyone with an allocated, paid holiday allowance would not take it all over the course of the year. It’s understandable that work gets busy from time to time, but that’s all the more reason to take some time off… not a reason to just sacrifice your annual leave!
“This is actually a really worrying trend, particularly because people working in construction and healthcare can’t afford to make mistakes in their jobs due to the nature of their roles and the environments they work in. Not taking time away from work can lead to tiredness and, in turn, errors.”