Many workers in the UK are not taking all the holiday they are due, new research shows.

Data gathered for Holiday Inn showed that 1.8 million Brits take less than half their allocated annual leave. A concerning 241,966 workers said that they had not taken any holiday in the last 12 months.

In total, one in six employees said that they had not been able to take their full holiday entitlement.

For those that do manage to take a holiday, 31 per cent said that they got away from the office for a week. Another 19 per cent took a couple of days and just 12 per cent opted for the classic fortnight away.

"The findings come as we face the final bank holiday of the year and reveal a workforce at risk of burn out," commented Alexi Hakim, chief operating officer in UK and Ireland of the InterContinental Hotels Group.

"As a nation we need to face the fact all work and no play leaves us stressed out, exhausted and unproductive. Workers need to take more regular breaks and pace themselves to avoid the impact of 'Holirexia'."

Officials at Stansted Airport recently revealed that the August bank holiday is gearing up to be the London hub's busiest period of the year.

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