A recent survey found that nearly 50 percent of employees do not take their paid annual leave, the paper.cn reported.
The survey, conducted by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security in about 60 cities in the country, revealed that employees in private companies are less likely to take paid annual leave, compared with those working in government organizations, institutions and State-owned enterprises, along with foreign companies.
According to a regulation on paid annual leave which took effect in 2008, full-time employees who work consecutively more than one year should receive paid days off.
The number of paid vacation varies with the tenure: employees who have worked more than a year but less than 10 years get 5 days annual leave; those who have worked between 10 and 20 years receive 10 days; and workers with more than 20 years are entitled to 15 days.
Even though most employees know they are entitled to paid annual leave, a quite number of workers choose not to take the days off either because there's no paid vacation system in the company or due to work pressure.
According to Liu Simin, a researcher at Beijing Foreign Studies University, the poor supervision and light penalties are most responsible for this flouting of rules.
Law enforcement should use all available ways to curb this practice, he said.