Londoners Book 53% Fewer Days Holiday During The Olympics - Octopus HR

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Londoners are ignoring official advice from TFL and taking less than ½ the amount of holiday during the Olympic Games than they did for the same period in 2011.

Londoners are taking 53% fewer days annual leave during the Olympics than for the same period last year, going against official advice from TFL and The Olympic Games Delivery Authority. Holiday records from HR Software developer; Octopus, show that during the Olympics fewer than 15% of London’s workers have booked any annual leave, this compares to over 25% of the capital’s workforce taking some holiday for the same period in 2011. In 2000, Sydney provided one-to-one advice to businesses to ease congestion. As a result, 27% of Sydney's residents took annual leave during their games.

This preference for staying in the UK during the Olympics isn’t limited to the capital with workers in the rest of the UK taking 48% fewer days off as annual leave during the games compared to the same period in 2011.

The duration of each holiday booked has also fallen during the Olympics. For London employees the average number of days being booked off per period of leave in 2011 was 2.11 days compared to an average duration of just 1.66 days during this summer’s Olympics.

Paul Beaumont, Managing Director of Octopus HR Software, said:
“We were expecting to see a spike of leave requests during the Olympics and were shocked to see the opposite is true.”

“It’s understandable that people want to stay in the UK to soak up the atmosphere for what should be an amazing few weeks, however, businesses should give serious consideration to allowing more flexible or remote working during the games to help avoid commuter chaos.”

Octopus HR Software provides online, self service HR software for small and medium sized businesses in the UK. Octopus HR Software analysed an anonymous sample of over 18,000 holiday requests made using their HR System for 30th July to 12th August 2012 and compared that to the same 2 week period (weeks 31 and 32; 1st August to 14th August) in 2011.

A guide to these statistics along with an infographic of HR issues surrounding the Olympic Games is available here.

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