Paid annuals leaves and holidays

Did you know that Kuwait has the most paid vacation in the world and that in Nigeria employees are allowed to take only 6 days of paid holidays? Read our listicle on the paid annual leaves and holidays from across the world

Paid leave fact #1:

Most OECD and EU countries provide employees with a statutory minimum annual leave entitlement. In nearly all of these countries, employees are entitled to at least 20 vacation days per year. This means the working population in many OECD countries, especially in Europe, are entitled to at least 30-35 days of leave annually

Paid leave fact #2:

The United States is the only developed country in the world without a single legally required paid vacation day or holiday.

Paid leave fact #3:

Austria, the European nation that guarantees workers the most time off, has a legal minimum of 22 paid vacations days and 13 paid holidays each year.

Paid leave fact #4:

Of the eight nations requiring workers receive 30 days off a year, only New Zealand’s government spent proportionally less than the U.S.’s 40.3% of GDP, while four nations spent more than 50% of GDP.

Paid leave fact #5:

John Schmitt, senior economist at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) stated that “paid vacation and holidays don’t appear to have any meaningful impact on macroeconomic outcomes.”

Paid leave fact #6:

The CEPR and others argue that an economy’s productivity can be improved by awarding more vacation, but not all countries see it as worthwhile. Portugal, for example, decided to eliminate four of its national holidays beginning in 2013 as part of its most recent austerity measures.

Paid leave fact #7:

Countries where workers get the most paid vacation and holidays in descending order: Kuwait>> Austria>> Portugal>> Germany>> Spain>>France>>Belgium>>Italy>> New Zealand.

Paid leave fact #8:

In some countries, public holidays are strictly bound to the calendar dates, so if they happen to lie on Saturday or Sunday, they are “lost” for the particular year. As a result, the average number of paid extra free days can be lower than the table specifies. For example, in the Czech Republic, where the official number of paid public holidays is 13, the average number of public holidays during working days in the years 2000–2016 was only 8.9 days. In other countries, the public holidays which happen on Saturday or Sunday are moved to the nearest Monday or Friday, such as in the United Kingdom or the United States.

Paid leave fact #9:

Japanese workers took the fewest paid holidays among 19 countries and regions, and only half the time off to which they are entitled, according to an annual survey published by online travel agency Expedia Japan. Japanese, Thais, and Americans took the shortest annual vacations, with the typical employee taking 10 days a year.

Paid leave fact #10:

Leisure lovers Brazil, France, Spain and Germany had 30 paid holidays per year and Australians used up on an average 70% of their paid vacations. In general, Asians put in more days at the office than Europeans.

Paid leave fact #11:

According to a survey held by Expedia, workers blame their work schedules (19%), a desire to use the days in the following year (18%), finances (18%), and difficulty coordinating the time off (16%) for their varied vacation habits.

Paid leave fact #12:

When it comes to Middle Eastern countries, workers in Kuwait are entitled to the most days of paid leave in the world:30 vacation days per year with 13 paid public holidays, which bring it to a total of 43 days of paid vacation. In addition, after two continuous years of work with the same employer, workers are entitled to an additional 21 days of paid leave to perform Haj rituals, should it be the first time they are doing so.

Paid leave fact #13:

As per Saudi labor law, employees are allowed to have 21 days paid annual vacation. If an employee is with the same company for five years, they are entitled to 30 days paid vacation. However, one can apply for vacation only after completing 2 years of employment with the current employer.

Paid leave fact #14:

In South Africa, the annual vacation period is 21 consecutive days (including weekends). There are 12 public holidays a year, which cannot be counted as vacation leave. Employers cannot offer to pay out their employees instead of granting them an annual leave.

Paid leave fact #15:

In other African countries such as Rwanda, employees are entitled to an annual paid leave of up to 21 days and 11 paid public holidays. In Nigeria, employees are allowed to take 6 days paid holidays after a year of work. Senegal gets a total of 32 days annual paid leave, Somalia 22, and Sierra Leone 18.


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