Thu, 30 Aug 2012
Payroll managers should prepare for a large number of workers taking time off at the end of the British summer and inundating them with leave queries, according to the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (CIPP).
Research from the CIPP reveals that September is the most popular holiday month. Of the 150 people surveyed by the Institute nearly a quarter said that September is the most desired month to go on holiday, followed by August and then June and July.
As a result the CIPP is advising contingency plans are be put in in place to ensure that businesses continue to run smoothly.
CIPP chief executive Lindsay Melvin said: “In some places in Europe, such as Italy, many businesses close down for the month of August so that workers can enjoy some time off. Based on our research, it seems that this year in the UK the most popular time to take annual leave is the month of September.
“In light of this, HR and payroll departments can expect to be inundated with holiday requests and questions from workers around how much leave they have and whether they can take holiday at the same time as their colleagues.”
Almost half of those surveyed by the CIPP are planning to go on a beach holiday, followed by a fifth going on an activity-based holiday. A third of respondents said that their next holiday destination is in the UK, followed by the USA, Spain and then France.
One in six however will be staying in the UK – with no holiday planned in 2012.