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1 in 3 Aussie workers will take a sickie or annual leave day after Australia Day this year for a four-day holiday – more than in 2016

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This year, Australia Day (26 January) falls on a Thursday, giving us an awkwardly placed working day on Friday, before the weekend – unless you’re among the 35 per cent of workers planning to take the day off for a four-day holiday, according to new research.

 The findings come from a survey of a nationally representative, independent panel of 1,004 Australian adults conducted by an independent research agency and commissioned by HotelsCombined (hotelscombined.com.au), the world’s leading hotel price comparison platform. 

One in three (35%) of the survey respondents admitted they had already planned to escape work on Friday the 27th to get a ‘self-created’ four-day long weekend, with the majority (29%) taking it as an annual leave day, and six per cent planning to chuck a sickie. 

These numbers are slightly higher than in 2016, where the dates fell on the opposite end of the week. Last year, Australia Day fell on aTuesday, leaving Monday as a working day. When the survey asked respondents if they took Monday the 25th as a sick day or annual leave day, 30 per cent admitted they took the Monday off. Of the 30 per cent, 25 per cent took it as annual leave and 5 per cent took sick leave.  

 This year, workers in their 30s are the age group most likely to take the Friday after Australia Day as annual leave (35% of respondents in their 30s), while those in their 20s are most likely take it as a sickie (11% of 20-something respondents). 

Between the states, Victorians and ACT residents are most likely to take the Friday as an annual leave (35% of respondents in each state), while Queenslanders and Tasmanians are most likely to take a sickie (8% of respondents in each state).

Chris Rivett, Head of Marketing Australia and New Zealand at HotelsCombined, says: “I think there are a few reasons why many of us might take Friday the 27th off work. Firstly, we only get a handful of public holidays a year and it’s an opportunity to actually go away for a good break. Secondly, being in between a weekend and public holiday, Friday is likely to be a relatively easy work day. Also with school starting back again on the following Monday, it makes sense that many will extend their holidays by one additional day this year.” 

Data forecasts where Aussies are likely to go on the Australia Day long weekend

An analysis of HotelsCombined’s booking data around Australia Day 2016 shows that 70 per cent of bookings were for domestic travel – and bookings were for major hotspots. 

“Our bookings data reveals that most of us will be foregoing regional drive holidays over the long-weekend and instead booking short trips to our CBDs or tourist hot spots like Surfers Paradise,” says Chris. 

Sydney’s CBD is expected to be the number one destination for Australia Day travel, followed by Melbourne’s CBD and then Surfers Paradise. One in 10 of Aussies booking hotels for the Australia Day long weekend are expected to be in these destinations over the long weekend (representing 13% of bookings). 

HotelsCombined’s data also reveals that 90 per cent of travellers will take trips that last less than five days over this Australia Day ‘weekend’.

 Chris says, “Taking an annual leave day on the Friday and booking a holiday, if you can afford it, is smart. Even now, it’s not too late to book a couple of nights away, with plenty of deals available on online booking sites. As an accommodation deals comparison site, HotelsCombined compares thousands of deals from all the major travel sites and hotel chains in real-time, in one simple and easy-to-use format.” 

Annual leave and sickies on Friday 27 January 2017, overall 

How we will spend the Friday

% of Aussies

Taking annual leave

29%

Chucking a sickie

6%

Working the Friday

65%

 Annual leave and sickies on Friday 27 January 2017, by state 

How we will spend theFriday

NSW

VIC

QLD

SA

WA

ACT

TAS

NT

Taking annual leave

30%

35%

22%

26%

22%

35%

27%

10%

Taking a sickie

5%

7%

8%

6%

7%

6%

8%

0%

Working the Friday

64%

59%

69%

68%

71%

59%

65%

90%

 Australia Day 2016 annual leave and sickies, by state 

How we will spend theFriday

NSW

VIC

QLD

SA

WA

ACT

TAS

NT

Taking annual leave

28%

31%

17%

21%

25%

29%

19%

10%

Taking a sickie

5%

5%

6%

5%

5%

0%

8%

0%

Working the Friday

68%

64%

77%

74%

70%

71%

73%

90%

 Top 10 holiday destinations the four-day Australia Day weekend 

Rank (popularity)

Destination

Average star accommodation to be booked by travellers

Average nights to be spent

1

Melbourne CBD

4

2

2

Sydney CBD

4

1

3

Surfers Paradise

4

2

4

Brisbane CBD

4

1

5

Southbank

4

2

6

Perth CBD

4

1

7

Adelaide CBD

4

1

8

Waikiki (international)

3

5

9

Broadbeach

4

2

10

Patong (international)

3.5

5

 

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