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Small business owners in this industry take the least annual leave

Do you suffer from Annual Leave Fear (ALF)? Small construction business owners are the most at risk.

Tradies are some of Australia’s hardest workers in one of the country’s backbone industries  – they’re first to wake up for work, are on their feet all day, and don’t have the luxury of working in an air-conditioned room. It’s an even tougher job for those who run their own business.

The new research from Australia’s largest online tradie marketplace, hipages, found that tradies are also working longer hours and taking less breaks.

One in four (26%) tradies didn’t take annual leave last year, or only took one week; while two in three (64%) are concerned about taking a holiday, for fear of disrupting business and jobs coming in.

Aussie tradies that run their own small business are most at risk of burnout, with sole traders taking less annual leave and less breaks than other tradies.


Admin is a particular timesuck – an average of 14 hours a week on general admin and preparing quotes – and this time off the tools means tradies experience an average $120,000 worth of lost income due to admin each year.


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