New research reveals that UK workers have the lowest holiday entitlement in the whole of Europe, with 16 days less than employees in Finland, who have the highest entitlement.
Figures from Mercer HR Consulting highlight the fact that UK workers are entitled to 28 days holiday a year compared to 44 days for Finnish employees, underlining the discrepancy between different EU members with regard to holiday leave.
The average holiday entitlement across all member states is currently 34 days including public holidays, which the UK is notably behind. Mark Sullivan of Mercer asserts that there is a lack of consistency over pan-European holiday entitlement.
"Holiday entitlements are a lottery," he commented.
"Even though efforts have been made to harmonise employment practices in the EU, there are still large disparities between the member states."
The UK is one of a number of countries offering the minimum annual leave (20 days) as stipulated by EU law, including Belgium, Ireland, Italy, and the Netherlands.
Calls have been made for more public holidays in Italy, despite the fact that Italian workers enjoy more holidays than in many other countries.