One third of Australians coerced into taking leave at Christmas

Peter Terlato 19 December 2016 NEWS

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Gen Y forced to take more leave than other generations.

New survey data has found over 2 million Australian workers will begrudgingly be made to use some or all of their annual leave days during the traditionally slower Christmas/New Year trading period.

A finder.com.au survey reveals 13% of Aussie employees will be forced to take one week off, while a further 11% will be convinced to take two weeks leave throughout December and January.

A smaller proportion (4.2%) will take three to four weeks off, exhausting most of their leave entitlements.

This means more than one third of the working population will be compelled to take leave these holidays.

An employer can only direct an employee to take annual leave when the business is closed during the holidays or when an employee has accumulated excess leave, according to the Fair Work Ombudsman.

Of all the generations, Gen Y reluctantly take the most annual leave at Christmas.

Close to one in five (17.21%) Gen Y employees are forced to take one week off, compared with a smaller proportion of Gen X (15.04%) and Baby Boomers (4.46%).

A greater number of Gen Y workers (13.15%) are also convinced to take two weeks off over the holidays, compared with Gen X (13.55%) and Baby Boomers (4.87%).

In a state-by-state breakdown, workers from New South Wales (32.4%) are most likely to be forced into leave during December and January. West Australians (20.22%) are least likely to take involuntary leave.

If you're worried you may be forced to squander your leave entitlements over Christmas and the New Year, consider taking out income protection insurance to cover yourself if you're sick or injured.

Not sure if you're maximising your leave? Find out how workers in New South Wales, Tasmania, South Australia, Victoria and Queensland can turn 20 days of leave into 50+ days of relaxing holidays.

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