Holiday allowance is key

27-07-2005

Dealbreaker for candidates. Candidates increasingly regard holiday entitlement as a deciding factor in deciding whether to change jobs, according to a new study.

Recruitment agency Tact Personnel, based in Exeter, questioned more than 100 candidates in the area, with 71% saying annual leave is �extremely important� and would be reluctant to accept a reduction in joining a new company.

Tact also questioned more than 100 local employers to find out what entitlements are on offer. More than half (55%) offered 20 days annual leave a year, with just 16% offering 25 days. Companies also seem reluctant to give loyal employers extra time away. More than half (56%) offered no length of service rise, with 5% of employees even having to use bank holidays as part of their annual leave recruitment.

�Employers should consider the annual entitlement package as a key element of attracting staff,� said Tact Personnel business manager Louise Kane. �Money matters, but an attractive benefits package can make a great difference.�

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