India's Generation Y is vacation deprived

Press Trust Of India
Apr 06, 2011 at 02:41pm IST

New Delhi: India's Generation Y has emerged as the fourth most vacation deprived lot in the world as they are able to take an average of only 22 leave days annually, a survey has found.

However, 35 per cent of those surveyed were not able to take more than 15 days of annual leave in a year.

Interestingly, over 22 per cent Indians said that their bosses were not supportive of employees taking all of their annual leaves.

Indians fourth most vacation deprived in world

Japan emerged as the most holiday-deprived nation for the second consecutive year.

On an average, Indians are entitled to 26 annual leave days but are able to take an average of 22 days leave annually, found the survey conducted by Expedia amongst the service class professionals at managerial levels and above in 11 countries in December 2010 with over 1000 respondents per

country.

In the survey, Japan led the group of vacation deprived nations followed by USA (14 days) and Australia (16.5 days).

Japan emerged as the most holiday-deprived nation for the second consecutive year with an average 16.5 days annual leave. However, 94 per cent of Japanese do not take all their leave days, taking on average only nine days of their entitled annual leave days.

On the other hand, in France which ranks as the world's most holiday-rich nation, the average employee gets 37.5 annual leave days per year but takes an average 34.5 of those days. France was followed by Spain (28.5 days), Denmark

and Italy (26.5 days), Norway (26), Sweden and Britain (25 days).

In India, the survey was conducted in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore for the first time by Expedia.

The survey also found that for over 50 per cent Indian respondents, their official e-mails and messages during vacation -- were the main reasons for spoiling their holidays.

It was also revealed that Indians showed greater orientation towards family holidays. Over 18 per cent respondents did not take their vacations because their spouse or children were not getting leave at the same time.

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