Paid Annual Leave And Working Hours
Source: University of Melbourne
Using data from wave 5 of the Household, Income and Labor Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey, this paper examines the extent to which Australian employees use their annual leave entitlements; and the association between annual leave taking and weekly hours of work. After restricting attention to employees likely to have entitlement to at least four weeks of paid annual leave, it is found that the mean number of days of leave taken per year is around 16 and that the majority (63%) take less than 20. The incidence of annual leave taking is found to vary positively correlated with the number of usual weekly hours of work, but the size of this effect is small and weak.