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11/05/2006

Some two million workers have cried off sick in the last two years and many attempt to use their annual leave system to their advantage, new research has revealed.

New research from Direct Line Travel Insurance has uncovered widespread attempts to extend holiday entitlements. One in 10 British workers have pulled a sickie in the last two years, while more than half a million employees have simply taken more time off than they are entitled to without their company’s knowledge.

Additionally, one in 20 workers (four per cent) paid their employers for additional holidays, and one in seven (14 per cent) claimed that they would take advantage of such schemes if they were offered them.

Chris Price, Business Manager at Direct Line Travel Insurance comments: “British workers may not have as much holiday as their European counterparts, but they certainly seem to be making the most of them, often going abroad several times a year.

“For those who travel often, it may be worthwhile taking out annual travel insurance which provides unlimited cover – this is especially useful if, as the survey suggests, many Britons are cash-rich but time-poor and may struggle to organise travel insurance for individual trips.”

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