Europeans have more leave days
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.