Employee Holiday Entitlement [Graph]

I’m not really surprised that we, here in Canada, are at the bottom of the list. But what about you guys? How does your country compare to the rest of the world?

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28 Responses to Employee Holiday Entitlement [Graph]

    • You have to notice the little + next to the USA. We technically have NO mandatory entitlement but that after 10 years employment we typically have 15 days. So it would be more accurate for the USA to be at the very bottom with 0.
      Another sad note is its getting a lot harder to get 10 years with a single company so that makes these numbers even more skewed.

  1. Well, here in Brazil we have 30 days of statutory minimum, not 22. From those 30 you have the option to get 10 in cash. So, in theory, a Brazilian worker could get up to 41 off-days each year.

  2. I am an Aerospace Engineer in the United States. I have 23 years experience in my field. I get 0 [zero] paid days off a year. Remember, there is no mandatory minimum in the US.

  3. In Australia, every employee gets 4 week leave (pro rata). After 10 years you qualify for an additional amount of once-off leave called Long Service Leave. It's usually 8 weeks, but can be more based on starting date and award. You can take it in addition to your normal leave but many people hang on to it so that they get a lump sum payment when they leave the job.

  4. Wonderful, another chart that whilst probably accurate, does not actually depict the reality of the situation.

    For example whilst 20 is the minimum in Germany, almost all decent employers will provide 30. In the UK it can be variable from 20 onwards with a average white-collar worker having 25.

    Same for the US, this chart does not show the actual reality that the vast majority of people receive 10 day of vacation.

  5. I’m from Greece.
    If you work for goverment it is likely you get 25 (and more off the record).
    On the other hand if you work in a non goverment company you can be considered lucky if you get more that 15, the rest 10 days are “lost” in some magical way and not even paid for them.
    If you got a company of your own and you want to keep your company alive, 5 is the most days you can have.
    But at the current time, people are lucky even if they have a job thanks to economic crisis.

    Thanks to the corruption in politics at the last 20 years in Greece working (and not only) rights are “sodomised”

  6. I'm from France, ok we have 5 weeks paid holidays per years but our president is a douche bag, IE is still used here and most of the geeky stuff have to be imported… Ok we don't have to complain (apart for the president stuff)

  7. It's nice to see austria on top of charts. I'm freelancer so I don't get paid for my holidays but I still take at least 25 days off each year.
    All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

  8. Those folks in Austria are lazy..

    Just kidding.

    Here in the US I get that average of 15 days. I'm crossing the 5th anniversary mark at my company and will start adding a day for every year up to 30 days. I also get an extra "personal day".

    However, I work from home. Every day seems like a holiday. I even have a fridge full of beer next to my desk.

  9. Iceland here, we have a bare minimum of 28 days for the first 5 years of employment, 5 weeks after 5 years and 6 weeks after 10 years. Whether people decide to use that time is up to them, of course.

  10. we are not lazy…just working harder on working days

    Just kidding too :-)

    25 days employee holidays + 13 statutory holiday days = 38 free days

    and we still have triple AAA :-)

  11. Denmark:
    5 or 6 weeks, depending on your workplace's agreements with the various unions.
    In Denmark most people will opt for more days off, than higher salaries.

    It's not because we're lazy, but because we value our time with our family's and friends.
    If you value your job more, than spending time with those who dearest to you, you live a sad life.

    Besides, with taxes coming in at around 50% (and higher if you have a high income), more days off "pays" better. No taxes on days off. Yet.

  12. I've worked in the USA for about 35 years, and most of that was spent working holidays with no extra pay. Most of my jobs came with one week vacation every year, but most of those were unpaid vacations. And in radio, you had to work extra when someone else took off, so you ended up working the same amount for the year anyway, and the boss saved a week's pay when someone took a vacation.

    One place I worked had a policy that a person could take eight "personal" days off with pay (not consecutively). But they never told the employees. I only found out after I quit -and I had worked there six years.

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