Gas engineers and plumbers take just 18 days of holiday a year, a new survey from Glow-worm has found. Other full-time workers take to a minimum of 28 days’ paid leave.
Glow-worm, in association with OnePoll, quizzed 300 tradespeople on their work/life balance and holiday preferences and found that the amount of time they take off falls well short of the national average.
When asked which factors stop them from going on holiday, 39 per cent of electricians and 30 per cent of gas engineers and plumbers said it was because of their busy work schedule. Cost is also a barrier for 39 per cent of gas engineers and plumbers, and approximately one-third of builders, carpenters and electricians.
The struggle to take a break, combined with money worries, can have serious consequences on mental health. In fact, 45 per cent of gas engineers and plumbers say that taking regular holidays is necessary for good mental health.
Reasons like these are why Glow-worm recently relaunched its Mystery Trip, in which 80 lucky heating engineers will be whisked away on an all-expenses paid trip to Vietnam in 2020.
Gas engineers will stay at a luxury hotel and be able to take part in a host of activities, including exploring Ho Chi Minh city, a cooking class with Vietnamese Australian chef Luke Nguyen, and a tour of the lush Mekong Delta region.
Glow-worm commercial director Spencer Clark says: “Time off should be viewed as an investment in your wellbeing rather than a detraction from your usual earnings. It doesn’t have to be a full week; even just a day spent winding down and doing something enjoyable can help to re-set your mind and make you more productive when you do return to work.”