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One in ten 'miss out on holidays'

One in 10 workers will not have their full holiday entitlement this year, with some failing to take two weeks of their annual leave, new research has revealed.

A survey of 2,000 adults by the Post Office showed that one in four of those missing out on their full holidays will lose almost a week, while 6% will fail to take two weeks.

Workers who do not take all their holiday leave in 2010 will not be able to carry any days over to next year, the study found.

The Post Office calculated that the UK's workers will lose 179 million days of holiday this year.

The industries where employees were least likely to take all their holidays included construction, media and marketing, agriculture and leisure.

The research also showed that more than one in four people will work over the festive period and a further one in six will work from home.

Some of those on duty over Christmas admitted they had not booked a holiday off in time or had to go to the office because colleagues were off.

Sarah Munro, head of Post Office Travel Services, said: "Booking a holiday can be stressful and busy lifestyles mean it often drops down the priority list, but if you forward plan you're less likely to miss out on being able to take holidays at key times like Christmas.

"Employers often prioritise staff that had to work at Christmas the previous year so next year you could be in with a good chance of getting that time off - but you need to get in there quickly."

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