Monday 23 April 2018

Time off? No thanks: 80pc of Irish workers don't take full holiday entitlement

Holiday time: The luxury ski resort of Courchevel, in the French Alps is now a favourite with Irish skiers
Holiday time: The luxury ski resort of Courchevel, in the French Alps is now a favourite with Irish skiers
Michael Cogley

Michael Cogley

Irish workers seem to be against the idea of taking holidays as 80pc of them don't take their full holiday entitlement, new research has shown.

Despite Ireland having the second-lowest average annual leave allowances in Europe staff still aren't taking all the time off they are allowed to, according to the Cpl Employment Market Monitor.

Director at Cpl Resources Peter Cosgrave said the monitor shows 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. 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," Mr Lyons said.

Other findings from the monitor showed that a third of Irish firms are ignoring their online reputation 5pc of those who do said they would try to take down any negative comments.

"Online reputation management is a very new area for companies, and even established corporates struggle to get it right. Companies need to shed their ‘Corporate Communications’ mind-set and instead be more flexible about who on their team can post about them and why, so long as there are checking mechanisms in place,” Mr Cosgrave said.

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