Japanese workers fare worst in international holiday study
Friday 25 June 2010
A new survey released June 24 has suggested that only six percent of Japanese workers take their full holiday allowance.
The research, conducted by Expedia and Harris Interactive, found that not only did Japanese workers have the lowest average amount of holiday offered to them by employers (an average of 16.6 days in 2010), they also take the least - only 9.3 days on average.
This equates to 7.3 days of wasted holidays for 2010, which represents almost 45 percent of the total time.
By contrast, the French had an average of 37.5 days offered by their employers, and will waste an average of three of them in 2010.
Italians were the next best off with holiday allowances, being allowed 32.5 days, with the Spanish having 32 days.
The research suggested that one in two of Italians took all 32.5 days though, with an average of 6 days being wasted.
The widely-held opinion that Americans enjoy fewer days holiday than Europeans is borne out by the results, with US workers enjoying an average of only 17 days leave this year, of which three are likely to not be taken.
However, when they are taken, the survey suggests that they are beneficial, with 45 percent saying that they return to work more productive, compared to only 38 percent of French respondents.
Expedia and Harris Interactive surveyed over 5,000 people in 13 countries to compile the survey.
The best countries for holiday allowance
France - 37.5 days
Italy - 32.5 days
Spain - 32 days
Denmark - 29 days
Norway - 28 days
United Kingdom - 28 days
Germany - 27.5 days
Sweden - 27.5 days
Australia - 20 days
Canada - 20 days
New Zealand - 19.5 days
United States - 17 days
Japan - 16.6 days
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