Contractors who never give themselves time off need to take note, as latest findings reveal that doing so will improve work performance.
Research from the IPSE showed that almost two-thirds (63%) of contractors believe taking holiday improves their work performance in some way.
Asked what advantages came with taking more time off, 63% said it improved aspects of their work including productivity, energy, creativity and confidence in their work.
The average freelancer takes 24 days of annual leave – four days less than the statutory minimum for employees. However, a third (33%) take 25 days off or more, while one in seven (13%) take 40 days off or more. At the bottom end of the scale, one in ten took no days off last year.
Worrying, when contractors do take leave, many are feeling the strain of ‘always-on’ culture, with four out of five (78%) admitting to working while on holiday. Over half (58%) said they reply to work emails while away and more than a third (37%) said they take work calls while away. Twenty-eight per cent even work remotely while on holiday.