2 in 5 Brits took just half of their annual leave last year, with only 13% taking a mere 20% of what they were entitled to.
The UK has a long way to go before perfecting the perfect work-life balance, as research reveals Brits work some of the longest hours in Europe, with a quarter working more than 40 hours a week. However, many people are already looking to plan their annual leave for the new year in order to spend more time out of the office.
Planning ahead and strategically booking annual leave around the Bank Holidays, can help maximise your leave, and if done right can potentially even double it, according to Instant Offices:
How to Maximise Your Holiday Leave in 2020
December 2019/January 2020
- Wednesday 25 December: Christmas Day
- Thursday 26 December: Boxing Day
- Wednesday 1 January: New Year’s Day
Take a 14-day holiday by booking 7 days off (23 Dec – 5 Jan)
- Friday 10 April: Good Friday
- Monday 13 April: Easter Monday
Take an 11-day holiday by booking 5 days off (9 Apr – 19 Apr)
- Friday 8 May: VE Day
- Monday 25 May: Spring bank holiday
Take an 18-day holiday by booking 10 days off (8 May – 25 May)
Monday 31 August: Summer Bank Holiday
Take a 9-day holiday by booking 4 days off (29 Aug – 6 Sept)
Total: 52 days of annual leave for just 26 days booked off.