Stuart Gentle Publisher at Onrec

UK professionals delighted with triple bank holidays in May, but three quarters won't be taking additional time off

As we approach an unprecedented period with three bank holiday Mondays and a Coronation this May, 76.4% of UK workers are content with a bumper month and won’t be taking any extra leave.

According to the latest survey by the UK’s leading independent job board, CV-Library, the reasons were as follows:

  • 35.1% Are happy with the three Mondays off and want to save their remaining leave
  • 31.7% Don’t get paid for additional time off
  • 9.3% Didn’t realise the opportunity to maximise their leave 
  • 8.9% Are too busy at work to take any more time off in May
  • 7.7% Don’t have enough spare leave to use 
  • 7.3% Report that too many other people have taken the time off, so they need to cover

For those choosing to maximise time off in May with additional leave, the main reason for almost half (48.7%) was to spend time with family and friends. 20.2% wanted to be a part of the Coronation celebrations and 18.5% simply want an extended break from work. Over 10% were using the time to protect their mental health and 2.3% felt it was a necessity as they were on the brink of burnout.

Lee Biggins, Founder and CEO of CV-Library said “These results may come as a surprise but during challenging economic times, finding balance becomes paramount. It’s not surprising that so many people are keen to spread their breaks across the year, both to safeguard their livelihood and to protect their mental health and avoid burnout."