Holidays and benefits

22nd March 2011

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A run down of environment professionals' holiday entitlement and other benefits as revealed by the IEMA pay and benefits survey 2011

The most common annual holiday entitlement (excluding bank holidays) is 25 days, covering 31.7% of respondents. But more than two in five participants have entitlements of more than 25 days, and almost half of those – 17.3% of the total sample – are allowed at least 30 days’ leave a year before bank holidays are taken into account.

At the other end of the spectrum, 8% of respondents report an annual entitlement of less than 20 days a year – 36.2% of this group were working less than 30 hours a week, and 37.5% are self employed.

Even allowing for bank holidays – of which there were eight in England and Wales in 2010 and nine in Scotland, although not all businesses close in Scotland on public holidays – this appears to put a minority of respondents on full-time contracts below the statutory minimum leave entitlement of 28 days.

We asked respondents to specify the non-salary benefits they receive from their employers. The results are shown in figure 9. We also asked respondents separately if their employers provide financial support for professional training.

More than three-quarters (76.8%) of respondents report receiving support, and 62% of the sample (68% of those offered employer funding compared with 44% of those without financial support from their employer) had gone through some training in 2010.

Read the full survey results:

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