Do we really need so many bank holidays?
What did you do this bank holiday? Go on holiday, visit family, catch up with friends or simply recharge your batteries?
But do we really need so many bank holidays? That is the question being asked by Daniel Solomon, from the Centre for Economics and Business Research.
Three per cent of weekdays are lost from work in a typical year with eight bank holidays, says Mr Solomon.
That is costing the economy £2.3 billion pounds, according to Mr Solomon.
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He highlights the 1,647 hours worked each year by the average employee in Bath compared with 2,191 hours worked by the average Korean.
""One of the reasons why we work such short hours is our bank holidays, Mr Solomon wrote.
"Our rough and ready calculations show that if the eight regular bank holidays were cancelled in an average year, annual GDP would rise by about 1.3%, or £19 billion."
Mr Solomon recognises that the Easter break is the peak time for spending on garden equipment and DIY.
And he also says that with the economy on the brink of recession there is "a lot of slack" that could be made up at other times in the year.
What do you think? Do we really need so many bank holidays?