Public sector staff most satisfied with holiday provision

Public sector employees are the most happy with the amount of holiday they receive from their employer. 

According to IFF Research’s Attitudes to Work, more than two-thirds (68%) of public sector employees are very satisfied with how much holiday they have compared with 42% in the private sector.†

The findings also highlight disparate views among male and female staff. Although men and women placed equal importance on the amount of holiday they get – 48% of both sexes believe it is very important as part of their overall benefits package – only 44% of men are very satisfied with their holiday entitlement, compared with 63% of women. 

Jan Shury, joint managing director at IFF Research, who headed the study, said: “What is clear is that, of all the benefits we get at work, the amount of holiday is seen as one of the most important. 

“In this era of wage restraint and cutbacks, employers looking to reward their staff could choose to extend holiday allowances, although they will of course need to be mindful that once holiday entitlement has been increased it is very difficult to reverse.”

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