This is why UK workers aren’t taking all of their annual leave this year

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Susan Devaney

If you’ve still not used up all of your annual leave this year, you’re not alone.

As much as we’re all rather enjoying the cooler climes by heading to cosy pubs for roast dinners and sipping on warm red wine and indulgent hot drinks, some sunshine would be nice – wouldn’t it?

Yet a third of UK employees have as many as 10 days annual leave still to use up before the end of 2017, according to a recent survey by Jurys Inn

Surveying 1,000 workers, the hotel chain company found that us Brits aren’t very good at taking the holiday we’re entitled to. The average worker still has six days to use up before we enter 2018, and if left unused, this means that 134 million holiday days will go to waste.

As many as 34% of respondents said they hadn’t used their holiday days because they didn’t know what to do with them, or were just too busy to plan ahead and book something. 

11% said they simply didn’t have enough money to spend on holidays.

More than 10% were deterred from taking time off because they were conscious of not being able to get another colleague to cover them while on holiday, and were therefore confronted with the possibility of returning to a doubled workload.

A further 11% said they simply didn’t have enough money to spend on holidays.

So why not opt for a cheaper Airbnb in the UK? Or if money’s not an issue, treat yourself and jet off into the sunshine to somewhere new and exotic (because you deserve it). 

Some of the super savvy among us may have already secured even more days off through this trick

But if you’re at risk of losing your remaining holiday, then it’s time to get booking.

Images: Brooke Lark / Jazmin Quaynor