Korean workers are entitled to an average of 15.1 days of paid holidays but in fact use only about half or 7.9 days, a survey suggests. One in every three workers cannot afford to take more than five days off a year and 11 percent cannot afford even a day's leave.
The findings are based on a poll of 1,000 workers aged 20-59 who have worked in their jobs for more than a year by the Korea Institute for Industrial Economics and Trade.
Some 44.8 percent blamed a suffocating working environment for forgoing their leave, and 43.1 percent a heavy workload and lack of substitutes. But forgoing their holidays led to unhappiness (49.9 percent), stress and low efficiency (38.5 percent) or health problems (33.3 percent).