Australian workers had 151 million days of annual leave when the country entered COVID-19 shutdown

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 17-Jun-20

The latest figures from Roy Morgan show that Australians in paid employment had over 151 million days’ worth of annual leave, up 8.7 million days (+6.1%) on a year ago, as Australia entered shut-down in March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This was the highest total of accrued annual leave since March 2012 and equates to an average of over 16 days for each paid worker in Australia. Only 10% of Australia’s paid workers had no annual leave owed to them, while a further 14% had up to 2 weeks accrued. Nearly a quarter of paid workers (23%) had between two and four weeks of annual leave accrued and another one-in-ten had around a month owed to them. More than one-in-five paid workers (21%) had at least five weeks’ worth as yet unused. These results are from the Roy Morgan Single Source survey, derived from in-depth interviews with over 1,000 Australians each week and around 50,000 Australians per year in their homes.


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