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How Many Vacation Days IT Professionals Get?

Did you know that an average employees in the U.S. work the longest hours per week among highly developed nations in the western world.

Data gathered by various organizations show that Amercian worker work about 40 hours a week in average.  You may think, "So what? That sounds reasonable"

However, things don't look that fair when you dig deeper into the numbers and compare to other developed nations around the world.


In the U.S., 85.8 percent of males and 66.5 percent of females work more than 40 hours per week.

According to the ILO, “Americans work 137 more hours per year than Japanese workers, 260 more hours per year than British workers, and 499 more hours per year than French workers.”

In countries like Netherlands, Denmark and Norway, full time workers put in less than 35 hours a week.

So what about vacations and other paid time-off? First of all, the U.S. remains the only industrialized country in the world that has no legally mandated annual leave.  The average vacation time in the U.S. is 13 days per year!  That's actually about half of a lot of industrialized nations.

In many countries, the mandatory vacation days required by the government is 20 or more days.  Here is a short list of what they are so you will have better understanding of how we American worker do not have proper protection when it comes to employment laws.

France - 30 
Denmark - 25 
Norway - 25 
Sweden - 25 
Finland - 25 
Germany - 24 
Austria - 22 
Portugal - 22 
Spain - 22 
Australia - 20 
Belgium - 20 
Greece - 20 
Ireland - 20 
Italy - 20 
Italy - 20 
Netherlands - 20 
New Zealand - 20 
UK - 20 

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And this is how many vacation days workers actually get in some of the countries:

1. United States of America - 13 days 
2. Belgium - 20 days 
3. Japan - 25 days 
4. Korea - 25 days 
5. Canada - 26 days 
6. United Kingdom - 28 days 
7. Australia - 28 days 
8. Brazil - 34 days 
9. Austria - 35 days (42 for elderly) 
10. Germany - 35 days 
11. France - 37 days 
12. Italy - 42 days 

To top it off, Glassdoor's 2014 survey revealed that only 25% of American workers take full advantage of earned vacations times.  Also, less than half of American workers gets to take more than half of vacation days earned.

In many of the IT field the situation is worse.  I used to in consulting firm where I was able to take as many days off (well sort of) since there was no paid time-off.  Now that I'm working for another company as a full-time salary position in a IT department, it came to me as a big shock when some managers think that getting a paid time-off plan approved is a privilege.

Do you think American workers will get fair treatment when it comes to work and life balance to join the ranks of our fellow nations?
How Many Vacation Days IT Professionals Get? Reviewed by Brandon Oh on Sunday, February 15, 2015 Rating: 5

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