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65 percent of Malaysian professionals do not take all their holidays

AvantiKumar | Oct. 6, 2011
A recent study by recruitment consultancy Robert Walters indicates that a poor work-life balance continues in Malaysia.

Sally Raj, Country Manager for Robert Walters Malaysia


PHOTO - Robert Walters Malaysia country manager, Sally Raj.

According to a recent study of 250 professionals by recruitment consultancy Robert Walters, 65 percent of Malaysian professionals do not take all their holiday entitlement, which indicates a continuing culture of immature work-life balance in the country.

Robert Walters Malaysia country manager Sally Raj said this is a relatively low figure when judged against the notion that work-life balance has become such an important issue for working professionals in recent years.

"Most employees who have the option to encash their annual leave would rather have cash on hand than to take all of their annual leave," said Raj. "However, not many companies provide that flexi-benefit. Work still comes first for many Malaysians but having said that, there is a difference between the baby-boomers and Gen-Y employees. Younger employees would be more willing to take leave to travel on a regular/ad-hoc basis versus the baby-boomers who tend to plan leave in advance with fewer trips in a year."

"The survey also shows that 35 percent of the respondents took between 50 and 75 percent while 31 percent took between zero and 25 per cent of their holiday allowance," she said.

Raj added that globally, the countries with the highest percentage of professionals who said they take all their holiday allowance work in Thailand (57 percent), Germany (56 percent), Ireland (56 percent), New Zealand (54 percent), and the UK (54 percent).


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