Inbox: Executives enjoy more leave

Business decision makers have longer annual leave entitlements than employed New Zealanders as whole. Horizon Research poll finds 17 percent of decision makers have five weeks annual leave, compared with just 9.4 percent of employees as whole. Just over 44 percent of decision makers have the statutory four weeks annual leave, while 45 percent of the employed population do overall.
Decision makers also enjoy more sick leave: 21 percent have 10 days compared with 17.3 percent of employed people overall. Just over 32 percent of decision makers have five days sick leave entitlement year, compared with 37 percent of the employed overall.
Reflecting the numbers with no set agreements and those who are business proprietors or self-employed, third of decision makers have no set annual leave entitlements and 37.4 percent no set sick leave entitlements: nearly nine percent more than the employed population as whole.

ANNUAL LEAVE ENTITLEMENT NEW ZEALAND
4 weeks45%
5 weeks9.4%
6 weeks2.3%
More than 6 weeks2.5%
No set entitlement29%
Not sure11.7%

DECISION MAKERS
4 weeks 44.2%
5 weeks 17%
6 weeks 0.9%
More than 6 weeks 2.1%
No set entitlement 34.1%
Not sure 1.7%

ANNUAL SICK LEAVE NEW ZEALAND
5 days37%
10 days17.3%
3 weeks1.5%
4 weeks1.0%
Up to 3 months0%
Up to 6 months0.1%
Up to 1 year0.0%
More than 1 year0.4%
No set entitlement28.5%
Not sure14.4%

DECISION MAKERS
5 days 32.3%
10 days 21%
3 weeks 1.4%
4 weeks 1.2%
Up to 3 months 0.6%
Up to 6 months 0.3%
Up to 1 year 0.1%
More than 1 year 1.8%
No set entitlement 37.4%
Not sure 3.6%

Source: Horizon Research nationwide survey September, 2012. 3148 respondents weighted to represent the New Zealand population. Maximum margin of error ±2.4%. Sub sample of 691 business decision makers (business managers, executives, proprietors, self-employed, professionals and senior government officials). On the web: www.horizonpoll.co.nz

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