Monday 26 September 2016

Majority of Irish workers not taking full holiday entitlement

Published 09/04/2016 | 02:30

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Eight out of 10 Irish workers don't take their full holiday entitlement, new research has shown.

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Despite Ireland being among the countries with the lowest annual leave allowances in Europe, staff still aren't taking all the time off they are allowed, according to the CPL Employment Market Monitor.

CPL Resources director Peter Cosgrave said the monitor may show how dedicated Irish employees are to their jobs.

"However, with so much research indicating the benefit of time away from the office, should employers be doing more to ensure that employees are well rested?"

Meanwhile, the number of jobs posted in foreign direct investment (FDI) sectors has doubled over the last five years.

The biggest surge in job postings has been in the science, engineering and supply chain sectors.

Trinity College assistant professor of economics Ronan Lyons said the number of jobs in the area is entering its fifth year of growth.

"Nonetheless, this growth was more muted in early 2016," Professor Lyons said.

"It will be interesting to see in future reports whether this reflects one-off considerations such as the timing of Easter holidays or the start of a longer term trend," he added.

Other findings from the monitor showed a third of Irish firms are ignoring their online reputation with 5pc of those who do pay attention to it saying they would try to remove negative comments.

"Online reputation management is a very new area for companies, and even established corporates struggle to get it right," Mr Cosgrave said.

Irish Independent

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