Construction Workers Take Less Annual Leave Than Anyone Else

Construction Workers Take Less Annual Leave Than Anyone Else

According to the results of a new piece of research, those working in the construction industry take less holiday from work than those employed in other sectors; whilst those working in Hair & Beauty roles take full advantage of their allocated holiday allowance and more.

According to the study, the majority of those who do not use the majority of their annual leave do so because they feel ‘too busy’ to take time off.

A new survey had shed light on which industries in the UK the most hardworking people are employed within. According to the study, 34% of UK employees 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.

The team behind carried out the study as part of ongoing research into the holiday habits of Britons, this time delving into different employment sectors to discover how these habits differ between those in various industries.

3,172 people aged 18 and over from around the UK, all of whom were in full time employment and entitled to 28 days paid annual leave as standard. An equal number of respondents from 30 different sectors took part to produce an unbiased set of results.

All respondents were asked how much of their holiday allowance they actually used in their last full working year. From this was able to analyse the answers to find the averages for each. According to the results, the top five sectors in which workers take the least amount of their holiday allowance are as follows:

1. Construction – 4 days
2. Healthcare – 5 days
3. Retail – 7 days
4. Media & Journalism – 8 days
5. Marketing – 10 days

According to the results, 34% of respondents finished their last working year without having used all of their allocated annual leave allowance. The majority of these, 57%, said they lost all of the annual leave that they did not use as a result of not taking it (i.e. were unable to transfer any to the following year or have the option to be paid for the days instead).

The survey results also revealed the sectors in which employees were likely to take full advantage of their annual leave, and more, revealing the following top five:

1. Hair & Beauty – 35 days
2. Travel/Tourism – 32 days
3. Recruitment – 30 days
4. Hospitality – 29.5 days
5. Sales – 28.5 days

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% of the relevant respondents said that they had ‘accrued more for time off in lieu’ and 23% 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% said they felt ‘too busy’ to be able to do so. Only 4% 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, said the following:

“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.”

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