Workers across Britain are missing out as the UK lags the rest of the world when it comes to public holidays, with the lowest number in a comparison of more than 170 nations.
This was the finding of research by digital coaching firm Ezra, which cross-referenced the number of public holidays on offer with average daily net income to work out where workers received the most amount of money per year for not working on public holidays.
Taking both measures into account, the UK moved significantly up from the bottom of the table, but it still failed to make it into the top 30, with workers having an average income of £570 for bank holidays.
Switzerland, on the other hand, offers the biggest benefit to workers. With the average person in the country earning a net income of £130 per day and with 24 public holidays per year, the average public holiday pay check is an impressive £3,131.
Luxembourg came in second, with its 15 public holiday days per year and average earnings of £120 per day equating to £1,802, while in Israel, the 24 days of public holiday led to a total of £1,796 in earnings for time off.
Commenting on the findings, Nick Goldberg, Founder of Ezra, said: “Public holidays are a great way to boost national sentiment and offer an opportunity to come together and celebrate as a nation, whether it be in memory of a historic moment or simply a long weekend.
“It’s interesting to see that those nations offering some of the highest levels of income also offer a good level of public holidays and it goes to show that motivation and productivity aren’t solely dependent on working all hours of the day.”
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