Starting a new business? Get 40% off our accountancy services for 3 months! 😀


A new study from holiday specialists AirTours has revealed that Brits aren’t using up their holiday entitlements. Last year saw that on average, British workers are losing out on five days of their holidays.

The survey found that 40% of workers are not using up their full holiday allowances. One in six even said that they had more than a full working week left. While some places will let you carry over your allowance, this can mean losing out on these days altogether in some companies.


Why aren’t people using up their holidays?

So why are so many people not using their allowances? 25% of those surveyed said that they didn’t need or want to take the full holiday entitlement off.

How things are at work plays a part here with 36% saying that they had too much work to do to take time off. 26% said they were restricted from taking holidays off at the same time as colleagues which can make it trickier to book and plan trips away.

If any of the above reasons apply in your business, then it might be worth rethinking company policy or becoming a bit more flexible.


What are people using their holiday time for?

Even when people take much needed breaks, they spend less than half of the time relaxing. 56% admitted that they had spent part of their time off doing housework rather than having fun.

32% said that they used their time off for medical appointments and 17% for unexpected family emergencies.

After the above reasons, the top ways Brits use up their annual leave besides holidays are as follows:

Commercial manager at AirTours, Stewart Davies said: “We can’t believe that so many hard working Brits are missing out on their annual leave; it’s one of the best bits of the year! With work pressures and hectic daily routines, we all know how much they deserve a break from it all.

“So with 2017 in full swing now, and a whole new year of holiday days to take, we’re getting behind our fellow Brits and encouraging them to take some well-earned time off. And, if they choose to enjoy some time chilling out on a beach in the sun, well, who could blame them?”

Have you got a similar problem in your workplace? Do your employees feel free to take holidays or are they hesitant? Please share your thoughts.

About The Author

Kara Copple

An experienced business and finance writer, sometimes moonlighting as a fiction writer and blogger.

More posts by this author
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Read more posts...

June 2022 Client of the Month: Manea Kella

This month we spoke to Adrian Manea, architect and director at Manea Kella, a London based RIBA Chartered architecture and interior design…

Read More

Succession Planning for Business Owners: What Comes Next?

When you own a business, it’s extremely normal to feel like you’re surviving one day to the next – ‘winging it’, as…

Read More

The Accountancy Partnership – Our Positive Reviews

Here at The Accountancy Partnership, we’re proud of our customer reviews The reviews we receive from our customers show how hard we…

Read More
Back to Blog...

Confirm Transactions

The number of monthly transactions you have entered based on your turnover seem high. A transaction is one bookkeeping entry such as a sale, purchase, payment or receipt. Are you sure this is correct?

Yes, submit my quote
No, let me change it

Please contact our sales team if you’re unsure

VAT Returns

It is unlikely you will need this service, unless you are voluntarily registered for VAT.

Are you sure this is correct?

Yes, the business is VAT registered
No, let me change it

Call us on 020 3355 4047 if you’re not sure.


You only need this service if you want us to complete the bookkeeping on your behalf.

Would you prefer to complete your own bookkeeping?


Call us on 020 3355 4047 if you’re not sure.