Big-hearted Brits believe key workers deserve a free holiday, survey finds

  • Research reveals Brits’  new-found appreciation for key workers 
  • Six in ten believe key workers should have a free or discounted holiday 
  • New non-profit calls for donations to give key workers a well-deserved break

Eight out of ten (82%) Brits say they appreciate the country’s key workers more now than before the pandemic, according to new research.

In a OnePoll survey of 1,000* people, 83% of respondents said they believe that key workers deserve more recognition for their work.

The study was commissioned by Give Them A Break, a new non-profit set up to give key workers access to free and discounted holidays as a thank you for keeping the country running during the Covid-19 crisis.  

When asked what further reward respondents felt key workers should receive, almost six in ten (57%) said a free or discounted holiday, and the same number believed they should have an extra day’s annual leave each year. 

Just under a third (32%) agreed that a National Key Worker Recognition Day should be established. 

The findings also showed that young people were most likely to value key workers more since lockdown. Some 86% of 18 to 24 year olds – the highest proportion of any age group – said their appreciation for key workers had increased. 

A total of 89% of Londoners said their appreciation of key workers had grown – the largest percentage of any UK region. 

Numbers were similar in Scotland. Some 79% of Scots said their appreciation for key workers had increased during the pandemic, with 81% saying they deserved more recognition. Nearly half of Scots (49%) believed key workers deserved a free holiday, while 68% felt they should have an increase in salary. 

As UK travel begins to open up, Give Them A Break is calling on the public to donate to its charity fund to help low income key workers have a well-deserved holiday. 

Give Them A Break founder Rachel McCaffery said: “From working long hours in uncomfortable PPE, to isolating from their own families, key workers are the heroes who have kept the country running during lockdown and beyond. These results show that Brits have recognised the incredible contribution of essential workers during this pandemic and want them to be recognised and rewarded.

“Holidays, especially family holidays, play such an important role in recuperation and recovery. Who deserves a holiday more than those heroes who kept our country running? If we all chip in just a small donation, we can give them the break they’ve earned.”

Later this month, Give Them A Break will also be launching a deals directory for all UK key workers featuring exclusive discounts from leading travel brands.

*The survey of 1,000 UK adults was conducted from 6 to 7 July 2020 by OnePoll 

Further Information

Chloe Berman E: media@givethemabreak.org T: 07769256173 

Images are available to download here and further data points are available on request.

Editor’s notes 

Give Them A Break is a not-for-profit campaign founded by Rachel McCaffery, Director of GreenCase Ltd, with the voluntary assistance of a number of travel industry professionals and supporters. All donations go directly to Give Them A Break’s (GTAB) charity partner, the Family Holiday Association, (registered charity number 800262). The Family Holiday Association is the leading national charity dedicated to providing breaks and day trips for families struggling with some of the toughest challenges life can bring. The charity was founded 45 years ago on the belief that holidays are a lifeline not a luxury. In 2019, the charity helped 4,821 families access a break – 10,641 children and 7,836 adults. Evidence shows that the charity’s work results in stronger, healthier and happier families and communities.Give Them A Break’s deals directory will launch at the end of July with offers from leading brands. These include: TUI, Travel Republic, Travebag, A&O Hostels, Abercrombie & Kent, Alpharooms; AMAWaterways, Britain Unites, Dragoman, Elegant Resorts, Elite Island Resorts, gap360, Hyatt; Inspiring Travel Company, Intrepid Travel, Intro Travel, Millennium & Copthorne Hotels, Nemo Travel, Rainbow Tours, Rhino Car Hire, Rough Guides, Sanctuary Retreats, Teletext Holidays, The Discerning Collection, Transindus and Travel Department.

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