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Paid Vacations and Holidays in Several Countries

European Countries (in days per year) statutory provisions

Nation Statutory Minimum Annual Leave Paid Holidays
Austria 30 * 13
Belgium 20 10
Denmark 30 9
Finland 24 * 9
France 30 1
Germany 24 * 10
Greece 20 * 6
Ireland 20 9
Italy 20 13
Netherlands 20 0
Norway 25 2
Portugal 22 * 13
Spain 30 12
Sweden 25 0
Switzerland 20 * 0
United Kingdom 20 0

 

* Austria: 36 days after 6 years; Finland: 30 days after 1 year; Germany: up to 30 days for young workers; Greece: an additional day after 2nd and 3rd years; Portugal: 20 days in 1st year; Switzerland: 25 days for young workers

 

Other Countries (in days per year) statutory provisions

Nation Statutory Minimum Annual Leave
Paid Holidays
Australia
20 *
7
Canada
10 *
8
Japan
10 *
0
New Zealand
20
7
United States
0
0

 

* Australia: 25 days for shift workers; Canada: 15 days with seniority; Japan: an additional day for each of the first ten years

 

Actual Paid Annual Leave and Paid Holidays, Private Sector Workers, United States, 2006

percent share of workers
average number of days
whose employer provides:
all workers with benefit
all workers
paid
paid
paid
paid
paid
paid
vacation
holidays
vacation
holidays
vacation
holidays
all workers
77%
76%
12
8
9
6
full-time
90%
88%
13
8
12
7
part-time
36%
37%
9
6
3
2
hourly wage
less than $15 per hour
69%
67%
10
7
7
5
$15 per hour +
88%
88%
14
9
13
8
establishment size
1-99 workers
70%
68%
11
8
8
5
100+ workers
86%
86%
14
9
12
8

 

Analysis of B.L.S. analysis of National Compensation survey in 2006 by Rebecca Ray and John Schmitt, Tables 19, 20,. and 21. Average number of paid vacation days calculated as a weighted average of number of paid vacation days by minimum length of service using Ray's and Schmitt's calculation of private sector job tenure from the CEPR extract of the Current Population survey Job Tenure Supplement for January 2006.

SOURCE OF INFORMATION IN ALL TABLES: No-Vacation Nation by Rebecca Ray and John Schmitt, a report issued in May 2007 by the Center for Economic and Policy Research, 1611 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20009.

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