Not sure where you got the 33 ½ days from?
This is what you actually get...
All workers have, from the first day of employment, the right to 5.6 weeks' paid holiday per year. You can work out how many days off you should get by multiplying the number of days you work each week by 5.6. Employers are allowed to include the eight UK bank holidays within your statutoryholiday entitlement. .... I was lucky as in my call center every 3 years you got 1 extra days holiday.
A week is considered YOUR week... So 5 or 6 days. For 98% it's 5 days with 2 days off per 7 day week. If.you do the generic 9-5 Mon to Fri, it's considered the best.thats what the vast majority of office workers do.
For most in retail or factory work, it's usually a day in the week and a Saturday OR Sunday off. Plus shift work or unsociable hours (starting before 8am, or finishing after 8pm).
Retail work, is hard work for a very different reason. Youre usually treated like shit by both management and customers, and both expect the impossible. Retail work has a very high attrition rate because of this. One thing that had improved (and where retail was terrible for being worst paid) is the basic wage, which I think is £8.?? An hour. Still only around 270 a week take home (although I think the recent change in.personal allowance (the amount.you earn before paying tax) has improved take home pay).
Take into consideration that over a.months wages will go on gas/electric bills, another months wages on council tax (tax for living.in a house/flat etc). 20% TAX ON EVERYTHING YOU BUY.
It's quite expensive to live n work in the UK. A standard 3 bed semi detached house is approx £250k (obs some places dearer n some cheaper)