Only 4 in 10 Romanian employees have vacation plans this year, survey says

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Almost three quarters of the Romanian employees have not taken their annual leave this year, but 42% of those yet plan to apply for leave in the upcoming period, reads a BestJobs survey conducted during June 15-25.

Over 80% of employees chose to stay in Romania and to spend some days off at the seaside or at the mountains (57.4%) or even at home (24.8%). They are mostly concerned that the people are too relaxed and do not comply with the hygiene and social distancing rules anymore (42%), but also that a new Coronavirus epidemic wave is coming and further restrictions might mess up their vacation plans (23%).

Among those who plan to go on holiday this year, 34.2% expect to spend the same budget initially planned before the pandemic broke out, while less over 16% say they will cut their budget up to 30% as against last year, amid current incertitude.

In terms of accommodation, 50% of the respondents prefer the hotels or guesthouses, with only 12% considering spending their vacation in a rented apartment, with the trailer or camping.

Upon returning from the holiday, 29% of the interviewed employees say they will return directly to the office, without taking any prevention measure, 28% say they are working remote by the end of the year, while 21% will work from home 14 days in order to protect their colleagues in case they have been exposed to coronavirus. 18% say they even plan to take a Covid-19 test when returning from vacation.

As for the business trips, 88% of the respondents say they are not going anywhere this year. Only 10% have business trips planned in Romania and less than 3% abroad. Some say their employer has chosen to cancel any business trip this year.

The coronavirus health crisis have prompted a decline in the Romanian employees’ incomes. Only 36% respondents say they have managed to keep the family’s budget intact. 25% say the family revenues have dropped up to 25% in the restrictions months, while 24.5% argue the incomes have declined even by 50%.

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