Missing lunch adds 19 days

British workers work an extra 19 days a year for nothing by not talking their full lunch break, according to a survey by Leerdammer, the cheese maker.

The average “lunch hour” is actually 26 minutes and 28 seconds. Over a year that shortfall equals an extra 133 working hours or 19 working days.

The commonest reason (14%) was being “snowed under” with work. Next (11%) was to impress the boss.

Those who buy their lunch daily spend an average £9.71.