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Rules on holiday entitlement across the world

Authorby e-days 22 July, 2015

After evaluating the different guidelines on statutory holiday entitlement for workers across the world, we have taken a look at how entitlements can vary depending on different working factors including; job role, length of employment, working age and the time of year holiday is taken.

Job role

In some circumstances, the amount of holiday entitlement a worker receives can be dependent on a person’s job role. For example, in Austria, those who regularly performs heavy night work (at least 6 hours of work between 10pm and 5am under challenging and strenuous conditions) are entitled to extra days leave depending on how often they work under these conditions. This can be up to 6 extra holidays after 15 years of work in this type of job role. Similarly, Australia offer special treatment to shift workers, with additional week granted to these employees.

Moreover, in Sweden, Union workers are entitled to additional paid holidays for any days required to fulfil union responsibilities.

Length of employment

Some countries have rules to allow for extra entitlement once a period of time has been spent in employment. In Greece, workers receive an additional paid holiday each year following their second and third years with an employer. Comparatively, Japanese workers are entitled to an extra days leave for each year of their tenure up to a total of 20 holidays.

Working age

A person’s age can also have a direct impact on the amount of paid holidays they receive each year. In Norway, workers over the age of 60 are allowed an additional week of vacation. This contrasts to other areas of the world where younger workers are able to receive additional paid holidays. For example, Switzerland grants an extra week of holiday to anyone under the age of 20, whilst also allowing for an additional week to those under 30 if they carry out any volunteer work with young people.

In comparison, German workers can expect a total of 30 days leave before they turn 16, 27 days before turning 17, 25 days before 18; receiving only 20 days after this time. Likewise, the minimum amount of holiday entitlement for Italian workers under the age of 16 is 30 days, falling to 20 days after their 16th birthday.

Timing of holidays

In some countries, workers are encouraged to take holiday time outside of busy periods. As discussed in the previous e-days blog post, many countries overcome this by allocating time during the year when holidays should be taken. France is one country that has this requirement in place, but also awards bonus leave to those who decide to take holidays outside the busy summer holiday season. If workers take between 3 and 5 days holiday out of this time, they will receive an additional day’s leave and those who take six days or more outside of this time will be granted 2 days of additional holiday.


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