Paid vacation around the world


It’s summertime, and the living is easy — depending on where you live and work, that is. Many people (in the northern hemisphere, at least) have vacation on the brain right now, but if you don’t have paid time off to burn, you might be stuck in the deep freeze of your air-conditioned office.

Countries across the world vary significantly when it comes to the amount of paid vacation days that workers receive according to official labor laws. Read on for how 15 nations vary in their approach to paid annual leave — including the good old USA.

These numbers apply to full-time workers unless otherwise noted and are minimum amounts as dictated by the government. Employers can increase annual leave amounts at their discretion.

After a year of employment at a job, workers in this South American country are entitled to 30 days of paid annual leave , according to Deloitte. Additionally, employees are granted a vacation bonus equal to a third of their monthly salary.

In Spain, an employee’s holiday schedule is decided in a mutual agreement between the employee and employer and may never be less than 30 calendar days in a 12-month period. Additionally, a paid vacation day cannot be replaced with financial compensation, according to the European Commission .

Down under, full-time employees get four weeks of paid leave for every year they’re at a given job, according to Fair Work Ombudsman . Employees who work on a shift schedule , such as police officers and nurses, are usually entitled to five weeks of paid annual leave.

New Zealand
New Zealand natives enjoy one of the best paid annual leave policies in the world, receiving four weeks of paid annual leave after a year of employment, based on the standards listed on the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment .

United Kingdom
According to the , in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, employees are entitled to 5.6 weeks (about 28 days) of annual holiday leave.

French workers are eligible for paid leave after one month of work, according to the European Commission . They get five weeks of paid leave per year.

According to the International Labour Organization , employees who have worked for at least six months with the same employer (over a 12-month period) receive paid leave, ranging from 14 days (for workers with less than five years with the company) to 35 days (for workers with 20 or more years with the company).

Seniority makes a difference in Japan, where, according to the Nagoya International Center , workers receive anywhere from 10 to 20 days of paid annual leave, depending on experience. Employees get PTO starting at the six-month mark of employment with a company.