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UK workers get 'least amount of holidays'

UK workers receive the most statutory holidays in Western Europe, but have the fewest public holidays, according to a new study.

If the 28 days holiday were added to the eight public holidays, employees in this country could be off for 36 days. But firms are allowed to include the public holidays as part of the statutory 28 days, so workers in the UK have fewer holidays than in the rest of Europe, consulting firm Mercer said.

The 28 days statutory leave compared with 25 in Greece, France, Austria, Sweden, Luxembourg and Finland.