Gen Stress: global survey reveals younger Australians are holiday deprived

On June 22, 2010 at 03:29 AM

holidaystress.jpeg Younger working Australians have been revealed to be more holiday deprived and fearful of taking all their annual leave than their older compatriots, according to the latest annual global Vacation Deprivation® survey from Expedia®, the world’s largest online travel company.

Younger Australians (i.e. those aged between 18 and 34) are twice as likely not to take all their annual leave as they feel that if they take time off to go on holiday they will miss an important decision at work. A further fifteen per cent of 18-34 year-olds fear that taking all of their holidays will be perceived negatively by their bosses and will jeopardise their job security. 

Far from the independent and free-spirited attitude of their parents, who may have taken weeks, and sometimes months off to travel abroad in their earlier working lives, younger Australians appear to be feeling the burden of their working careers and the constant need to impress and prove themselves in the workplace far earlier in life. In ominous signs that Gen Xs and Ys are earning the reputation for being the ‘stressed generation’, just over one in ten (11%) of 18-34 year-olds said that their work is their life and that they are too busy to take time off. They’re also twice more likely than older Australians to save up their holidays in order to cash in their untaken leave (16% versus 8% national average).  

While working Australians receive an average of 20 annual leave days per year, they land up leaving three-and-a-half of their entitled annual leave days untaken. This makes Australia the third-most holiday-deprived nation in the world among the thirteen countries surveyed, and behind only Japan and the USA. 

Japan is the most holiday-deprived nation for the second year in a row, receiving on average 16.5 days annual leave. However, 94 per cent of Japanese workers do not take all their leave, taking on average only 9 of their entitled annual leave days.

For the fourth consecutive year, France ranks as the world’s most holiday-rich nation, with the average worker receiving 37.5 annual leave days per year (and taking on average 34.5 of those days). And despite the luxury of having more annual leave than any other nation, less than a quarter of French workers do not take all their leave entitlements. 

Louise Crompton, Marketing Manager for Expedia.com.au™, encourages younger Australians to maintain a healthy work-life balance. “Scientific and medical research all point to the mental and physical health benefits of taking holidays. Taking holidays is an important component of working life and we should all take time out from our work so we do not burn out. 

“With the internet, it’s never been easier to book a holiday. As the world’s largest online travel company, Expedia offers an easy-to-use one-stop shop that provides more choice and value for money for time-poor Australians to research and book their perfect holiday break,” Ms Crompton said.  

Most holiday-deprived nations

Rank

Nation

Annual leave days taken

1

Japan

9

2

United States

14

3

Australia

16.5

4

New Zealand

17

5

Canada

18

 

 Most holiday-rich nations

Rank

Nation

Annual leave days taken

1

France

34.5

2

Spain

28.5

3

Denmark

26.5

4

Italy

26.5

5

Norway

26

  

 Notes to editors

About the Expedia Vacation Deprivation Study

This is the tenth year of the Expedia Vacation Deprivation survey, an annual survey which spotlights the growing trend of employed workers not taking all of their holidays. Since 2005, Expedia has expanded the survey globally to compare and contrast holiday habits internationally. In the 2010 Vacation Deprivation survey, holiday habits are analysed among employed workers in thirteen countries, namely the United States of America, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Germany, France, Spain and Italy. 

Methodology Statements

Australia and New Zealand

Pureprofile fielded the online survey on behalf of Expedia.com.au™ in Australia and Expedia.co.nz in New Zealand between May 5 and May 7, 2010 among a nationwide cross-section of 1005 adults aged 18+ in Australia and 503 adults aged 18+ in New Zealand. The data was weighted to be representative of the total Australian and New Zealand population on the basis of gender, location and age (18-64 years).

With probability samples of this size, one can say with 95 percent certainty that the results for the sample have a sampling error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.

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