In a speech to the charity Age Concern on 24 October 2006, David Cameron, the leader of the British Conservative Party, used this phrase in reference to the employment policies of the supermarket chain Asda (owned by the US company WalMart). Benidorm leave is a period of up to three months unpaid leave between January and March that doesn’t affect an individual’s employment history.
The term is also used by the retailer B&Q and some other large organisations and refers to the Spanish resort on the Mediterranean, which is popular among many British holidaymakers and to which it seems it is assumed older staff may wish to decamp during the coldest months of the British winter.
The company has designed a number of eye-catching leave packages in recent years, ranging from “IVF leave” for people having fertility treatment, to “Benidorm leave” for older workers wanting to spend time in the winter sun.
Western Mail, 26 Apr. 2006
Search World Wide Words
Recently added or updated
By hook or by crook; Polish off; Loggerhead; Lame duck; But and ben; Logomaniac; Type louse; Corium; Lie Doggo; Fewmet; Dingbat; Kibosh; Caucus; Oryzivorous; Kick the bucket; Satisficer; Beside oneself; Words of the Year 2015; Peradventure; Sconce; Orchidelirium; How’s your father; Goon; Emoji; Thank your mother for the rabbits; Nonplussed; Bob’s-a-dying; Methinks; Bill of goods.
Support World Wide Words!
Donate via PayPal. Select your currency from the list and click Donate.
Buy from Amazon and get me a small commission at no cost to you. Select your preferred site and click Go!