By Daniel Hunter

September is the most popular month to go on holiday, reveals research from the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (CIPP).

Nearly a quarter (23%) of respondents who participated in The CIPP 2012 Holiday Survey indicated that September is the most desired month to go on holiday, followed by August (17%) and then June and July (both 13.6%).

Other interesting findings have shown that almost half (47%) are planning to go on a beach vacation, followed by an activity-based holiday (21%). A third (34%) of respondents said that their next holiday destination is in the UK, followed by the USA (11%), Spain (7.4%) and then France (6.7%). Sadly, however, one in six (16%) said they have no holiday planned in 2012.

“In some places in Europe, such as Italy, many businesses close down for the month of August so that workers can enjoy some time off. Based on our research, it seems that this year in the UK the most popular time to take annual leave is the month of September," Mr Lindsay Melvin, Chief Executive of the CIPP, said.

“It is also interesting to hear that almost half of Brits have chosen to remain in the country for their holiday. This supports the recent and popular trend of ‘staycations,’ which may be a result of the ongoing fragile state of the economy and many people not being able to afford a holiday abroad. This is further substantiated with the statistic that 16% of workers having no holiday planned for this year.

“Despite this, with so many workers predicted to take time off soon, organisations need to ensure that they have contingency plans in place in case a large proportion of their workforce is on leave to ensure that businesses still run smoothly. It is also worth mentioning that holiday policies differ from one organisation to the next. Therefore, if you have any questions around how much leave you are entitled to, it is best to speak to your HR and payroll department for clarification.”

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