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One in eight Britons who have skived off work did so to go on holiday

New research by Jetcost has found that 12% of Britons have taken unscheduled time off work to go on holiday and the reasons for doing so were found to be running out of annual leave, too many people being off at the same time and it being too short notice to book off.

The study also found that more than half of Britons have admitted to taking a day or more off work without permission, most commonly because of a hangover, because they overslept or because they want to go on a mini-break or holiday. Diarrhoea and vomiting, the flu and family emergencies were the most common excuses given to do so, but 23% were unfortunate enough to be found out.

As many as 2,373 Britons over the age of 18 were polled in the study.

Initially, it was found that more than half of Britons (54%) have taken a day or more off work without permission from their employer. When asked what their reason for skiving off work was (and able to select more than one option), the top answers were found to be as follows:

1.      Because of a hangover – 41%

2.      I overslept – 14%

3.      To go on mini break/holiday – 12%

4.      To attend a sports event – 8%

5.      To attend a music event/festival – 5%

Focusing on those who had taken unscheduled time off work to go on a mini break or holiday, the top reasons for having to skive were found to be ‘I had no annual leave left’ (20%), ‘there were too many people already booked off at the same time’ (16%) and ‘it was too short notice to book off’ (14%). 

The average time taken off by those who missed work to go on holiday was found to be four days, and the most popular destinations were found to be Spain (11%), Ireland (9%) and Cape Verde (6%).


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