Australian Workers and Length of Annual Leave

Oct 12, 2009

Q. Thinking about your job, how much annual leave do you get from your employer?

19% of people surveyed get less than four weeks annual leave from their employer, 63% get four weeks and 18% get five weeks or more annual leave from their employer.

People on lower incomes were more likely to get less than four weeks annual leave from their employer (49% earning $600 per week or less, 38% earning $600 – $1000 per week).  People on higher incomes were more likely to get four weeks annual leave ($1600 + per week 69%).  23% of people earning $1600 per week or more receive five weeks or more annual leave from their employer.

Full-time workers were more likely than part-time workers to get four weeks annual leave from their employer (72% v 45%).

64% of non union members and 58% of union members get four weeks annual leave from their employer.   Union members were more likely than non union members to get five weeks or more annual leave from their employer (32% v 14%).

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Australian Workers and Annual Leave

Oct 12, 2009

Q. Do you agree or disagree that you feel pressured by your employer, or because of your workload, to NOT take your annual leave?

27% of people surveyed agree that they feel pressured by their employer or because of workload to not take their annual leave, 50% of people disagree that they feel pressured by their employer or because of workload to not take annual leave and 23% don’t know.

People aged 25 -34 were more likely than those in other age groups to agree that they feel pressured by their employer or because of workload to not take annual leave (42%).

Full-time workers were slightly more likely than part-time workers to agree that they feel pressured to not take annual leave (29% v 23%).

People earning $1000 – $1600 per year were more likely to agree that they feel pressured by their employer or because of workload to not take their annual leave (34%), while 55% of people earning $1600 per week disagree that they feel pressured not to take their annual leave.

Union members were more likely than non union members to disagree that they feel pressured by their employer or because of their workload to not take annual leave (60% v 47%).

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