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How to ‘double’ your annual leave in 2021


Have 37 days of holidays using just 15 days of your annual leave

It’s never too early to start planning your holidays, even if the New Year’s festivities are still ringing in your ear or you’re still finding bits of Chrissie lunch as you floss. 

 

 

So how best to make the most of the time you have at your disposal to take another well-earned break (or four)? 

 

This year, you can maximize your downtime by strategically booking 15 leave days, which would give you a total of 37 days off around the national public holidays. 

 

Here's how you can do it:

  • Saturday 23 January – Sunday 31 January: Book 4 days of leave and get 9 days off
  • Friday 2 April – Sunday 11 April: Book 4 days of leave and get 10 days off
  • Saturday 24 April – Sunday 2 May: Book 4 days of leave and get 9 days off
  • Saturday 25 December 2021 – Sunday 2 January 2022: Book 3 days of leave and get 9 days off

 

And this still leaves you with five days of unused annual leave to take this year, perhaps around your state or territory’s particular holidays.

 

According to data cited by the team at Instant Offices, Aussies work on average 1,712 hours a year, making Australia among the top 20 hardest-working countries in the world.

 

Statistics show that the average Australian works 10% longer than his UK counterpart (1,538), and perhaps surprisingly, 20% more than the average worker in Germany (1,386).  

 

Perhaps keep this in mind if you feel guilty about planning your next break when week two of the new year has just ticked over.

 

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Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 11 January 2021


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