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Sun, Sea, Sand and Servicing

Kwik Fit | Friday 24th January 2014 12:00pm

As the nation’s TVs show adverts for summer holidays, luring people to sunshine destinations around the world, research reveals that rather than an exotic beach or exciting city break, many workers are likely to spend some of their holidays on far less glamorous activity.

A study for Kwik Fit has found that last year British workers spent annual leave worth £3.49bn on carrying out domestic chores such as taking their car to the garage, staying at home for a delivery or having a tradesman come round. Just under half the nation’s workforce (49%) spent a total of over 34 million days of annual leave on tasks like this.

However, one in five (18%) people confess to having saved their annual leave by pulling a “sickie” just to carry out domestic admin – actions which would cost British businesses more than £540million a year in ‘lost labour’.

The research for Kwik Fit also revealed that workers under 35 are more likely to bunk off work to carry out chores than older colleagues. Nearly one in ten (8%) aged 18-34 say they do it ‘frequently’, compared to less than 1% of workers aged 35 or over.

Interestingly, those in the capital appear to be the most likely to take advantage of their employer, where nearly one in three (31%) admit to having pulled a sickie in order to do a chore like taking their car to the garage. Not only is this nearly twice the national average, one in ten (9%) Londoners also admit they do it frequently – leaving employers in the city short of staff more often than anywhere else.

However, Londoners are also more likely to have sacrificed their valuable holiday allocation to take care of domestic admin, with 43% of them having done so in the last year. 7% of them used up more than four days of their annual leave for these tasks. Across the country around 8% of people take at least two days holiday off, just to carry out their chores.

Kwik Fit is now providing a way for people to avoid having to waste valuable holiday time or pull a sickie to complete domestic tasks. It has the UK’s largest fleet of mobile tyre fitting vehicles, enabling customers to have their tyres replaced at any location, work or home, with no call out charge*.

Roger Griggs, director of communications at Kwik Fit, commented: “At this time of year we all start planning our time away and look forward to where we could be heading off to. We appreciate that a trip to the garage for new tyres is not going to be on many people’s list of top ten destinations, so we offer this service to help people avoid using holiday time or having to do it at the weekend.

“We now have over 200 vans nationwide and the widest range of tyres available through our online booking service. Our mobile fitting vans will come to customers’ work or home for no extra cost, meaning employers don’t need to lose staff and employees don’t need to waste holiday. ”

* Kwik Fit Mobile offers free next day fitting for orders of two or more tyres placed before 5pm on Monday - Thursday, with no call out charge. For more information, visit our Mobile Tyre Fitting page.

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