About the Survey

  • Approved Index surveyed 1220 office workers regarding summertime work behaviours
  • The data was collected using Vivatic – an online surveying platform
  • Summer is defined as the start of June through to the end of August

Findings on Summer Work Behaviours

  • UK employees work 70 hours less than those in the US over summer
  • 52% of respondents admitted to working fewer hours during summer
  • 62% of respondents said efficiency decreased over the summer months
  • Higher salary is correlated to working fewer hours over the summer

Graph 1

Summer and Annual Leave

  • 53% of UK employees take the majority of their annual leave during summer
  • 60% of people spend time at work preparing for their summer holidays
  • ¾ of staff take 1 or more days to get back into the swing of work after a holiday
  • 60% of staff feel their work significantly improves after a holiday
  • Men are 20% more likely to spend time during working hours planning for their holiday in comparison to women
  • The larger the business, the more likely people are to spend time at work planning or their holiday. People in micro businesses are 35% less likely to use working hours to plan for their holidays than those employed within large businesses. The relationship is illustrated in the graph below

Graph 2

Calculating How Much Summer Costs UK Business

Using ONS and Approved Index research we have estimated the amount summer costs UK businesses. See calculation below.


Working out one employees cost to business over the summer


Avg wage in the UK for the private sector (per hour):                  £14.16

Avg hours worked less per week per person                                1.8 hours

Cost to businesses per person over summer                                = hourly wage x average hours worked less per week x 12 weeks of summer

= £14.16  x 1.8 hrs x 12

= £305.86


Cost of summer to UK businesses

= UK private sector office workforce x cost to businesses per person over summer

= 25.54 mil x £305.86

= £7.79 billion