It’s been a while since I’ve worked anywhere that started employees at less than three weeks, but the bottom line is that Canadian employers are required to provide only two (paid) weeks plus the stat holidays.
I thought it would be interesting to see how that stacks up to other countries so I pinged a number of friends in faraway places, and discovered the following:
Russians start at 25 days plus stat holidays
Danish people get six weeks including stats. Of interest: unemployed folks get 2.5 days holidays per month. Huh? You ask? While they are unemployed, they are expected to be available for work at a moments notice, and looking for work every day. It’s their “job”. But just like working folks, they too get a break of 2.5 days a month.
Australians can count on starting at 6 weeks plus about 10 stat days throughout the year.
Germans also get six weeks plus a number of stat holidays (highest I heard of is my friend Katherine working there who has 12 stats!)
South Korea gives 19 vacation days plus 15 stat holidays (this defied my stereotype, truth be told)
Slovakia gives 4 vacation weeks plus 15 stat holidays
Japan gives 4 vacation weeks plus 16 stat holidays
The UK gives nearly 6 weeks vacation plus 8 stat holidays
Finland gives 6 weeks plus 10 stat holidays
Brazil gives 6 weeks plus 11 stat holidays
Iran gives 4 weeks
American friends – I tried to find stats for you and it appears you have no required vacation days? Other than stats?
ANY OTHER SCOOP ?
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