Over half (57%) of European employees have the opportunity to take their main holiday leave at a time that suits them best, with an additional 22% always having the option. However, 9% of employees in Europe are not able to take holiday when they choose. These are the results of a survey from leading provider of global payroll and HR services, SD Worx, which looks into employee satisfaction, motivation, involvement and engagement.

Out of the countries surveyed, employees in Belgium are most likely to be able to take holiday leave when it suits them, with 49% of employees generally having the option and 35% always having the option. France scored the lowest of all countries with 58% generally having the option to book holiday when they want and only 14% always having the option. 


The survey also found that most employees (34%) arrange holiday directly with their manager. Arranging holiday with both a direct manager and fellow colleagues came a close second at 32%. Some 20% of employees decide their holiday with their colleagues, and only 11% are able to book holiday leave without having to arrange it with anyone else.  Employees in the UK are the least likely to be able to arrange holiday leave on their own, with only 5% stating they have this option. Belgium again scored the highest with 17% of those surveyed being able to decide their own holiday leave. Austria scored the highest in terms of taking a collaborative approach towards booking holiday, with 36% of employees stating that they arrange holiday leave with both a direct manager and their colleagues. Germany came a close second at 35%, with the Netherlands just behind at 34%. 


Hilde Haems, CHRO of SD Worx Group comments: “As work/life balance has grown in importance over the past few years, it’s not surprising that most employees can generally book holiday leave when they chose. However, looking at the country by country breakdown, it’s interesting to see how each country differs. Belgium, for example, appears to be ahead of the curve when it comes to giving employees freedom over holiday compared to the rest of Europe. Considering the increasing need for employees to have autonomy over the work they do and the impact that has on productivity, the rest of Europe has a real opportunity when it comes to how holiday leave is structured.” 


Press release by SD Worx

Publié le 12 juillet 2019