39% of Brits book holidays at work costing businesses almost £250 million in January

  • 5th January is the popular date to book a holiday
  • Half of UK choose to holiday on the continent
  • A quarter choose to escape within the UK

39% of people in the UK research and book holidays while at work spending an average of three and half hours doing so, costing British businesses almost £250 million1 in January alone. When it comes to planning an escape from the rat race, the 5th of the month is the most popular date for holiday bookings.

The findings from money saving website Voucherbox.co.uk also reveal that glum faces aren’t the only thing UK businesses must suffer this January, as 39% admitted to using work time to carry out their holiday research another fifth (18%) are considering the idea.

Not letting work deter them from shaking those gloomy blues, one in six employees will go so far as to book their holiday whilst at work – one in three doing so before 11am.

With nearly three quarters of the population sticking to Europe for some fun in the sun (21%). It will come as no surprise to learn almost a third of Brits are searching for some vitamin D on a beach holiday, the most popular destination being Spain. Other hit list destinations include France (10%), Greece (6%) and Portugal (5%).

Shane Forster, UK Country Manager at Voucherbox, stated: “January can hit us all quite hard, and seemingly in the pocket for employers. The research may come as a surprise to some, especially considering the majority of holidays bookings are done and dusted. On the plus side, that should have bought a few more smiles.”

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Notes to editors
1Based on ONS data on the number of working Brits (31,760,000), the average salary (£28,000) and average hours worked in the UK (1,645 per year).

Sources
www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/employmentandemployeety
www.incometaxcalculator.org.uk/average-salary-uk.php
www.calculconversion.com/work-hour-calculator.html