Annual Leave

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1. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4138 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

This might sound like a stupid question, but how much annual leave do you get from your job in your country? What's the law when it comes to the amount of annual leave?

This is a very important question, as the more leave we get the more we can travel (if we don't want to throw in our jobs)!

2. Posted by Rach-a (Respected Member 368 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

:)20 working days a year in my current job and the office closes for two weeks at Christmas time so 10 working days addtional holiday then as well as all the national bank holidays so roughly around 33 working days holiday in all

3. Posted by tingo (Full Member 94 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

This year, I have no holiday :( In Belgium, the first year you are working, you don't have any holidays, and I started working this year in January :(
If I stay in this company, the next years I will have (only) 20 days a year!

4. Posted by carlos23ny (Full Member 24 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

In the US it's not that good, at my current Job I get 15 vacation days and 10 sick days and 3 personal days (I have been here for 4years)

some jobs don't offer any days off, here in the US or atleast the state were I live companys don't have to give you days off

5. Posted by travelover (Respected Member 494 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

In Canada, it depends on the employer and seniority. Some employers give 2 weeks vacation, others give 3. I've heard of some people (usually the higher-ups in the companies) getting 4 weeks off, but it's mostly either 2 or 3 weeks. Some places require a certain "training/probation" period (it can be 6 months to a year) where you can either get no weeks off or up to 2 weeks off. But it really comes down to the employer I guess. If you add the national and provincial holidays, you might get about another week in total... it's really not much to look forward too :(

6. Posted by BasiaAlm (Full Member 61 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

In the USA annual leave is usually short, but if you were a rare and expensive specialist you could negotiate a longer leave in lieu of extra money - especially before the dot com crash, when practically anybody somewhat decent had to hide from headhunters, some unbvelievable now perks could be negotiated. The longest annual leave I had in Sweden, though: 6 weeks as a professional plus free time off in lieu of extra pay for overtime (- in Sweden labor unions included among its members even executive directors and even they were entitled to overtime payment, but almost nobody wanted any extra cash due to high taxes, so we all had pleeeenty of leaisure... and little money. Yeah, there is no free lunch - err free annual leave - its either time or money, rarely enough of both.

7. Posted by IMonaghan (Respected Member 431 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

2 weeks of leave here, working for an engineering company in NYC.

Bad enough it's only two days, but I just put in for them a week ago, and got denied today Can't wait to get out of here sometimes.

8. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Basia, I don't know about that. Sweden is great!

I get 6 weeks off (plus bank hols etc), and for my holidays i actually get paid at 115% of my normal salary!!! We also get time in lieu, flexitime and (sometimes) overtime. All sorts of other interesting rules i'd never come across before, virtually all of which seem to work in the favour of the employee

Benefits for (both) parents are somewhat impressive as well.

9. Posted by kody (Respected Member 234 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

In Malaysia it's about the same.
I only got 15 days annual leave and 18 days sick leave.
And there's no such thing as The Company close for 2 weeks holiday or something like that. Plus additional day leave, probably it'll go up to 18 or 20 days (MAX).

Btw, anyone tried to take unpay leave before?
Just curious. I would like to try as well

10. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4138 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I get 20 days annual leave here in Australia. I think we get 5 days sick leave, but I'm not sure as I'm never sick and so don't use it.

I'm not sure how many public holidays we get, but it's quite a few less than the UK, which seems to have a "bank holiday" almost once a month (I used to work in the UK).

Most companies don't let you take any annual leave in your first year of employment with them, but you can always negotiate at the interview.