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December 14, 2010

Be glad you're not working in the US...

14 December 2010

I'm looking forward to a holiday. Even though it's not much of a holiday and I must still do some work every third working day. But it is more of a holiday than I've had in a long while.

So I was wondering how much annual leave people get all over the world?

In the United States, the amount of leave you accrue depends on how many years you've been at the company. So if you've only been there for two years, you would get only four hours per month of work. If you've worked more than three years but less than 15, you get six hours per pay period, but if you've worked over 15 years, you get eight hours per pay period. That works out to 2 days for the first period, 3 days for the second period and only 4 days for the third!

The French are lucky people: they get two-and-a-half working days leave for every month they've worked. So, if you've worked for a year, you get five weeks of paid leave. Imagine five weeks off! The Finnish and the Russians also enjoy this amount of time off.

Australians are also well-off when it comes to leave - they get four weeks a year, after their first year with the company.

Yes, you can now feel really bad for the Chinese: they get five days of annual leave if they've been working for the company between 1 and 10 years. This is doubled when they've worked between 10 and 20 years, and then if they've worked more than 20 years, they get 15 days of annual leave. They do get paid three times their salary if they don't take their leave. But I don't think that this is much, considering the labour issues that the country is always in the news for.

If you were considering emigrating to Canada, you might want to think again: they only have 10 days of annual leave. India has only 12.

Brazil and Lithuania are the most generous with their annual leave: employees get 41 days of leaver every year - could explain why they're so good at soccer!

South Africans should consider complaining, what with our measly 21 days of annual leave a year.

But then, we should be grateful we're not working in China!