Most popular annual leave dates Aussies want
Workers have cottoned on to holiday hacks that turn minimal annual leave into substantial vacation time, with many rushing to nab the most valuable days off work.
Last year, as many as three and a half times more workers were unavailable for shifts on a day directly before or after a public holiday, often creating usable chunks of holiday by linking these days to weekends.
Workforce management software company Deputy reveals 15 per cent of hourly-paid workers elected to be unavailable for a shift on an average day in 2018, but this figure jumped to 54 per cent for the day after New Year's Day and 53 per cent for the day after the Queen's Birthday holiday.
If last year's trends are an indication, 51 per cent of hourly-paid workers will have ruled out the day after the upcoming Australia Day long weekend, too.
In 2019, Queenslanders will be able to use just 17 days of annual leave to enjoy 45 days worth of usable holidays by employing this tactic, analysis by travel insurer InsureandGo reveals.
Spokesman Jonathan Etkind says workers must get in quick if they want to secure highly-sought dates for their annual leave.
"Aussies have a strong love affair with travel and like to take advantage of every opportunity possible to relax and explore new destinations," he says.
"By thinking ahead and planning when to take annual leave, it can be the difference between a few days off here and there, and taking a longer holiday with minimal time off work."
Ashik Ahmed, chief executive of Deputy, says workers are definitely becoming smarter about how they take their leave.
"A significant amount of the hourly-paid workforce elongate their breaks by using the days around public holidays to do so," he says.
"(While workers) get a nice break, it can be problematic for businesses relying on these employees during busy periods, especially around public holidays like Easter and Christmas."
HOW TO MAXIMISE TIME OFF IN 2019
10 DAYS FOR AUSTRALIA DAY
The 2019 Australia Day public holiday falls on Monday, January 28.
Workers can enjoy a 10-day holiday by combining the public holiday with two weekends and five days of annual leave.
With the Labour Day and Queen's Birthday public holidays each falling on a Monday, long weekends can easily be turned into a four-day interstate holiday with just one day of annual leave.
10 DAYS FOR EASTER
In 2019, the Easter long weekend runs from Friday, April 19, to Monday, April 22, then Anzac Day follows three days later on Thursday, April 25.
Workers can create a 10-day holiday from Friday, April 19, to Sunday, April 28, by taking three days of annual leave.
This can be extended to 18 days in Queensland and the Northern Territory with just five more days of annual leave, as Monday, May 6, is also a public holiday for Labour Day and May Day, respectively.
MAY-JUNE BREAK FOR ACT
ACT's Reconciliation Day public holiday on Monday, May 27 can be connected to the Queen's Birthday on June 10 to create a 17-day holiday with just nine days of annual leave.
QLD EKKA HACK
Brisbane residents can take two days of annual leave before or after Ekka Day on Wednesday, August 14 to enjoy a five-day holiday. They can also take all four days off for a nine-day break.
17 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS
Workers can holiday from Friday, December 20, to Monday, January 6, by taking just seven days of annual leave.