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Countries With Most Paid Vacations?  
User currently offlineRunway23 From US Minor Outlying Islands, joined Jan 2005, 2194 posts, RR: 35
Posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1253 times:

Employees working in Europe tend to have around 5-7 Weeks of paid holidays. However, Americans and Canadians tend to have between 2 and 4 Weeks of holidays per year.

Are there any other countries/continents that have more paid vacations?

Rwy23

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User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1241 times:

The European workweek tends to be shorter, too.

Mark


User currently offlineOzair From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 849 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1234 times:

Australia is 4 weeks holiday.

Don't the Emirates staff get 42 days of holiday a year, I wonder if that is just Emirates or is it the whole UAE?


User currently offlineScbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 12566 posts, RR: 46
Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1211 times:
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It's a bummer when work gets in the way of vacation and public holidays! I get 28 days vacation (can reach max of 30 in my company, but I hope to have retired before then!), plus 8 public holidays.

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 1):
The European workweek tends to be shorter, too.

Yep, be a European - do less, earn more, have a life!  biggrin 



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User currently offlineLeskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 70
Reply 4, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1147 times:

Quoting Scbriml (Reply 3):
Yep, be a European - do less, earn more, have a life!

 rotfl 

It's 30 days (alias 6 weeks à 5 working days) for me, plus whatever public holiday comes along, plus some extra days now for the trip to South Africa that I got as a present from my employer... Big grin



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User currently offlineMatt27 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1128 times:

It's 5 weeks here in Sweden I think, I'm still at Uni so I haven't really had any vacations yet. But 5 weeks is OK.

//Mattias


User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13115 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1119 times:

Their is no guarantee of vacation for USA workers. It is left completly to the employer, although the minimum is 2 weeks, usually after 1 years' employment. Usually the maximum is 4 weeks (20 days) and usually after a number of years (5 or more) at the same employer. This is in addition to the 'sick/medical (doctor's visits) days' or personal days/floating personal holidays (for family needs, religious holydays like those in the Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and other faiths than Christian). One often has 5 to 12 in total sick/personal days/floating personal holidays with pay per year. Some companies (like mine) will give you money for not taking up to 5 sick days a year. We also have laws that protect people whom need to take time off for medical, family needs/medical leave unpaid, but with some employment protections.

User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14026 posts, RR: 62
Reply 7, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1116 times:

I´ve got 25 days, which is the legal minimum in the EU, and I have an official 40 hour week, but which often becomes longer.

Jan


User currently offlineSLC1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1102 times:

Jeez, you European guys are spoiled brats.  biggrin  So why do you still strike? We earn our vacations, that or wish we could be working to make more money.

User currently offlineFlyingNCL From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 9 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1089 times:

I get the minimum at my work - 5 weeks, goes up to 6 weeks after 5 years i think, in addition we get all the public holidays and a few other 'privilige days' - Queens birthday etc..
Also.. I can take up to 48 extra days off per year as i work flexi time, so say if in one week i work more than 36.5 hours (standard week), then that is extra time to take off, or i could just work shorter days. - and of course unpaid leave for longer holidays (i did this for my 5 week trip to Australia)
Not bad i don't think!

(I work for a UK Government department HQ by the way)


User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 10, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1081 times:

Got to be India,No doubt.Too many Festivals & Public Holidays.Got to please all Religons & communities  
Not to include Allotted 25PL,7CL,7SL per year.
regds
MEL

[Edited 2005-06-08 19:56:16]


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User currently offlineMdsh00 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4125 posts, RR: 8
Reply 11, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1071 times:

Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 6):
One often has 5 to 12 in total sick/personal days/floating personal holidays with pay per year.

Even then there is no guarantee. For example, I am paid on a per-diem basis so I get NO paid holidays.



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User currently offlineIBERIA747 From Spain, joined Aug 2003, 1831 posts, RR: 58
Reply 12, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1065 times:

Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 7):
I´ve got 25 days, which is the legal minimum in the EU

Are those "calendar" days or working days?

I've got 22 working days of vacation per year, plus public holidays of course.



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User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 13, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1010 times:

Would be nice to see some post from our fellows in The Netherlands.
IIRC they even do have more days of vacation than my 30 (with 5 days p/w).
-HT



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User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14026 posts, RR: 62
Reply 14, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1002 times:

AFAIK, thelegal EU minum are 24 or 25 working days per year. This means if you work a five day week, you should get 5 weeks minimum.

Jan


User currently offlinePope From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1001 times:

Has to be the Netherlands. The shmucks in our office there once sent out an e-mail saying that they would be closed for Thanksgiving. When I called them on this they said that if the head office was closed, they thought that they shouldn't have to work.

User currently offlineSkidmarks From UK - England, joined Dec 2004, 7121 posts, RR: 55
Reply 16, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1000 times:

I get 25 days paid holiday per year with 10 days public holiday (2 more than UK Big grin). I can get up to 16 weeks paid sick leave (if I have a serious illness) but BA have tried to crack down on sick leave and make it hard to take time off even if you are contagious. I can also work TOIL (Time off in lieu) which can net further days.

Going on strike has absolutely sod all to do with the holiday or sick pay Europeans get, and all to do with working conditions, practices and associated things. Personally I wouldn't ever want to strike, but for some workers thats the only thing left. And not everyone enjoys paid holidays, sick pay and bank holidays. Many part-time workers still get shit on from a great height.

Andy  old 



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User currently offlineJUANR From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 978 times:

In Colombia it is 15 labour days for each year you've worked, so 3 weeks.

Juan
SKBO


User currently offlineScbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 12566 posts, RR: 46
Reply 18, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 949 times:
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Quoting SLC1 (Reply 8):
So why do you still strike?

Striking helps to increase the number of days that we don't have to work.

It's not realised by many outside Europe, but all strikes are secretly agreed with the relevant authorities who ensure that any single group of workers doesn't exceed their 'strike quota' in a single year. When you see one particular group of workers having a major strike, they probably have a local agreement that stipulates that they can 'float' some of next year's strike days in to the current year. Obviously, in this case, next year's strike quota will be reduced accordingly.



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User currently offlineMisbeehavin From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 914 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 923 times:

It's not always bad in America! I have 23 working days of vacation, unlimited sick days (none of which I have ever used) and 10 public holidays. In addition, there are numerous "early" closings on days before holidays and other "special" days, like the 6 days we're closed for July 4th. On top of that, I work on only 1 of every 2 Fridays on average.

In spite of all that, I still end up working between 50-60 hour weeks.

I used to work in France, way back in 1998-99. And that was great! I had 6 weeks paid vacation and I could take it all at once if I wanted to! Sure taxes were much higher, but there were many other benefits I got in return, including travel between work and home, meals, healthcare, etc etc etc.

[Edited 2005-06-11 22:07:43]

User currently offlineVonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4627 posts, RR: 36
Reply 20, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 910 times:

I just checked the Canadian labour code website and by law in Canada any employee must be given 2 weeks paid vacation per year for the first six years of employment. After six years you get 3 weeks  sarcastic 

What a bunch of crap. Of course many companies will offer a bit more time off but still nowhere near as much as Europe. Many people here don't even take all of their alloted time too! They'd rather work themselves to death so they can have that SUV they can barely afford  sarcastic 

For me? I want the hell outta here. There's more to life than work.

Kris



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User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14026 posts, RR: 62
Reply 21, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 894 times:

I also have unlimited sick days (first 6 weeks fully paid by the boss, afterwards 60% of the net salary paid by the health insurance), but I rarely use them. I only use them when I´m really down with fever etc. and then just for the absolute minimum. Actually I despise workers who call in fake sick, because their work gets left for their colleagues to do. Within the last 5 years I´ve been sick for less than a week.

Jan


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