Euro­peans have more leave days

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AUS­TRALIAN work­ers en­joy some of the high­est lev­els of hol­i­day leave en­ti­tle­ments in the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion but rank be­low their Euro­pean coun­ter­parts.

Re­search by hu­man re­source con­sul­tants Mercer finds that at 20 days of statu­tory an­nual leave, Aus­tralian, New Zealand and Ja­panese work­ers are bet­ter off than Viet­namese (14 days), In­dian (12 days), Chi­nese (10 days) and Thai (6 days) em­ploy­ees.

Its World­wide Ben­e­fit and Em­ploy­ment Guide­lines re­port re­veals UK em­ploy­ees re­ceive 28 days, while Greek, Aus­trian, French, Swedish and Dan­ish work­ers all re­ceive 25 days of statu­tory hol­i­day en­ti­tle­ments.

South Africans re­ceive 15 days and United Arab Emi­rates work­ers 22 days.

Hol­i­day en­ti­tle­ments are not man­dated in the US or Canada and em­ployer an­nual leave poli­cies vary.

In some coun­tries, spe­cial leave is re­quired by law for em­ploy­ees who are get­ting mar­ried and in other cir­cum­stances, such as the death of a spouse or close rel­a­tive.

Mercer says many em­ploy­ers pro­vide ad­di­tional leave in spe­cial cir­cum­stances but it also is im­por­tant to cre­ate a cul­ture of health in the work­place. As well, flex­i­ble work­ing ar­range­ments and work/life bal­ance can help im­prove em­ployee en­gage­ment.

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