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We get less days off than Euro average

Irish workers are 'holiday deprived' with an average of five days off less than our European counterparts each year.

A new study has found that Irish workers receive around 22 holiday days annually, compared to the European average of 28 days and the global mean of 26 days.

This figure is all the more startling when taking into account that over the last year the average holidays in Ireland have increased by 5pc.

Almost half of our workers feel 'holiday deprived' but the survey also found that we do not take full advantage of the time off available, with approximately 8pc of holiday time not taken.

This figure amounts to a total of 3.3m unused day's annual leave. In comparison Spain, France and Germany employees are offered 30 days off per year with the country's residents using up all of their entitled time off.

The 2014 Expedia Vacation Deprivation Study also revealed that in migration hotspots for Irish workers, such as Canada, the United States and Australia, the annual leave given is significantly less than the global average.


The two Northern American countries allow for 14 and 15 days off respectively, while the Southern Hemisphere employees are allowed take 20 days off in the year.

However, the lack of holidays taken by labourers is not down to horrible bosses as 71pc of Irish employers were seen as being supportive of holidays by their employees. The reason for fewer days off being taken can largely be attributed to Ireland's workers themselves deciding not to take all the vacation time available, citing lack of money and a busy work schedule as the main reasons.

The days of two-week long breaks are also becoming a thing of the past with the vast majority (59pc) expressing a preference to take several short shifts or weekend-long trips spread out over the course of the year.

Less than a quarter (23pc) opt to take one long holiday.

The study was conducted on behalf of Expedia by Northstar and was conducted among 7,855 employed adults aged 18 years of age and older across 24 countries.