RobertNL070 From Netherlands, joined Sep 2003, 4506 posts, RR: 10 Reply 1, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2061 times:
This year I have some (cough) 11 weeks (cough) holiday/vacation. But I am very privileged, even by Dutch standards. In addition, every year at the end of May all Dutch employees receive vakantiegeld - a 'holiday bonus' if you like, adding up to 8% of your annual salary.
AerospaceFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2053 times:
Part of the reason that Americans are so productive is that we (can) take fewer vacations, I think. But whether this is really a good thing, I'm not sure.
Previous generations of white-collar, if not blue-collar, workers (such as those who worked in the 1960's and 1970's) seem to have had an easier time of it. I think that the peak of comfort for such workers was probably around that time in this country. Now, all of us in this country seem to have to "cut back" in workplace amenities and benefits in order to "compete in the global economy".
MrChips From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 911 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2002 times:
Here in Alberta, the requirement is two weeks paid vacation.
However, there is no requirement to use your vacation time - I have not taken any significant time off work since November of 2004. Do I recommend this? Absolutely not. You are given vacation time, USE IT!
BNE From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 3156 posts, RR: 13 Reply 10, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1976 times:
Quoting Bill142 (Reply 4): People employed on a full time basis get four weeks paid leave per year. Some employers will offer longer.
Plus all those public holidays which aren't part of your holiday,
26 Jan Australia Day
Good Friday and Easter Monday
25 April ANZAC Day
Labour Day - different for each state
Show Day - different for each state
25 Dec Christmas Day
26 Dec Boxing Day
so 10 days and if those dates happen to fall on a weekend then you get the next Monday off as the holiday.
RobertNL070 From Netherlands, joined Sep 2003, 4506 posts, RR: 10 Reply 12, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1947 times:
Good Friday and Easter Monday
30 April - Queen Beatrix' official birthday
5 May - Liberation Day
5 December - Sinterklaas (many shops and offices close at around 4 p.m.)
Christmas Day and 'Second Christmas Day'
Most places - shops, restaurants, will be open on all of these holidays, excepting 1 January and Christmas Day.
MD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 13336 posts, RR: 64 Reply 16, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1911 times:
European minimum by law is 20 working days paid leave (makes 4 weeks based on a 5 day week), but most employers offer more (up to 6 weeks depending on agreements between unions and employers). Add to this public holidays, all over Germany e.g. Christmas day and boxing day, May day, October 3rd (reunification day), Good Friday. Depending on the religious affilation (Lutheran or Catholic) of the majority of the population of the particular German state there are other public holidays, e.g. "Rosenmontag" in the predominantly Catholic areas of the Rhineland, which is a regular working day e.g. in protestant Berlin.
BHXFAOTIPYYC From Portugal, joined Jun 2005, 1644 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1900 times:
22 working days + 3 if you don't have any unexplained absences + about 10 public holidays (but you're out of luck if they happen to fall on a Saturday/Sunday).
14 pay cheques per year (12 + summer subsidy + Christmas subsidy)
Nice for the employee, crap for the employer. It's very socialist here, which comes from the 1974 revolution which ousted the somewhat benign but nevertheless fascist dictatorship. Unfortunately we have lost several factories to Romania and other new EU members partly because the labour laws are to too favourable to the employee here. Actually although people like the 14 pay cheques, they're really paid less, just more often.
Breakfast in BHX, lunch in FAO, dinner in TIP, baggage in YYC.
For all you who have state mandated vacations; who pays you? The employer or the government?
For the record, after 16 years I have earned 5 weeks of vacation, 5 days to do with as I wish, but I work any holiday that falls on a normal day of work.
Employer pays in Finland.
There is also a way to have a longer holiday:
You can take a 3-12 month brake from your work, if it is ok to your employer and if some unemployed person gets your job meanwhile.
In this case government pays around one third of your salary.
Government pays also an other similar benefit I have used: after age of 30 and 10y work history you have a right to take a brake (max 2y) for studies and return to your old job after that, during that period government pays you around 40 per cent of your salary.
I think this is one reason adult education is rather popular here.
DeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 16 Reply 21, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1848 times:
It varies at my company but starting out you get 10 days (2 weeks) + 7 "whatever you want to do with them days" for additional time or sick days. I luckily have a position where if I'm sick I can work from home (or the hotel like last week when I was on the road.) As you are there longer you get more days off. We also get the following holidays...
New Year's Day
Thanksgiving + Day After
Christmas + Day After
I keep about 8 days for the end of the year to go with Christmas/New Years and then take various days the rest of the year.
Quoting AerospaceFan (Reply 2): Part of the reason that Americans are so productive is that we (can) take fewer vacations, I think. But whether this is really a good thing, I'm not sure.
That is very much one of the reasons as we don't shut down the country in August like some European countries seem to do. I personally don't think it is a great thing for our minds that we seem to be work-aholics. I'm taking my parents on vacation in April for a couple of days and it will be their first vacation in quite a few years (their fault for starting a winery.)
Home Depot does not even offer any vacation until you have worked a full year. You get the other holidays during the year but no extended time off that first year.
[Edited 2006-03-15 04:21:57]
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Willo From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 1352 posts, RR: 14 Reply 22, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1828 times:
I get 25 days paid holiday + public holidays. The company has the discretion to allocate some of our time and we normally "lose" 2-4 days over the Christmas/New Year period (depending on how the public holidays fall), when the firm shuts down. Other than that, there is no restriction on when we can take our time off.