The research conducted by ICM on behalf of accountancy service providers Boox, shows that a quarter of those who work for themselves take no annual leave (compared to five per cent if permanent staff) and that nearly half work while on holiday.
Additionally, 11 per cent of contractors say that they have never taken a holiday due to work demands.
Not only does the survey suggest that contractors and the self-employed enjoy less holiday time but that when on holiday they arenít able to switch work mode off, turning their vacation into the so-called workation.
In fact, 45 per cent admitted to working whilst on holiday, compared to 23 per cent of those in permanent employment. Almost one in four also revealed that they canít enjoy holidays because of the cost and loss of earnings associated with the break. Cancelling holidays also shows as a burden on the UK workforce with 20 per cent having had to abandon holiday plans due to hectic work schedules.
Phillip Venn, Managing Director of Boox, said: "The reality is that when we are in charge of our own business the stresses and strains of securing our next contract or missing a deadline play a much greater role in our lives. This makes it harder to take time out and if we do manage to get away, retreat anxiety makes it that much more difficult to switch off from our work life.Ē
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