More than a third of UAE workers willing to take pay cut for more holidays - LinkedIn data

Published: 27 July 2019 - 8:55 p.m.
By: CommsMEA staff writer
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A new online study conducted in the UAE and Saudi Arabia by LinkedIn has revealed that most working professionals are hesitant to take time off.

This is due to various factors, including work FOMO (fear of missing out), bosses that refuse to grant leave, mistrust in colleagues’ ability to hold the fort, and immense volume of work that deems it nearly impossible to plan a holiday.

According to the research, 45% of millennials in the UAE and 24% in Saudi Arabia do not use all their holiday time, while 65% of employees of all ages feel overworked.

Further, 46% of respondents in the UAE and 37% in Saudi Arabia stated that they would consider turning down a job offer should the holiday policy not meet their expectations.

In addition, 36% of working professionals in the UAE and 26% in Saudi Arabia showed interest in taking a pay cut in exchange for more holiday time.

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