Countries with the most paid vacation days
In 2022, remote work is no longer as standard as it has been for the past two years, and for obvious reasons: COVID-19 vaccines are now available and many employers believe in returning employees to the desk. While this may be fine for some, others are tired of the old restrictive routine of working life and crave something new. While we can’t promise you remote work in your field, the best thing to do would be to find out which countries have extended paid vacation days.
Paid vacation days are the days for which employees are still paid when they leave work. This should not be confused with sick days, calls or no calls, no shows. Paid vacation days, simply called PTO or paid time off, are a standard condition of employees in companies in most countries.
When you first become an employee, all terms of your employment are usually discussed and confirmed in contracts. Paid time off generally accrues based on an employee’s time spent in an organization or their hierarchical rank, from the perspective of management. If you are a new entry-level employee and may have been under contract for 1 year or less at a job, your PTO is usually weak; 5 days or less. If you are a senior executive with several years of service in a company, your PTO is generally higher – between 10 days and 3 weeks in the United States. However, some countries have been known to give employers far more days off with pay than Americans identify as normal.
Countries like Brazil, Austria, and Spain have different work cultures, where the average employee is promised more days off than we’ve traditionally seen in the United States. And we’re not talking just a little more, but a substantial month of vacation time. Why is this, you may ask? Well, for one thing, everywhere in the world is different, and not all professional and social cultures are the same. The fact that you are used to certain standards does not make it a standard protocol by global measurements. So if you’re looking for more paid vacation days and are ready to live and work abroad, we suggest you check out some of the countries below.
In Spain, paid leave must be at least 30 days in most organizations, generally leaving employees to take between 30 and 36 days off each year.
Austria not only has 25 paid vacation days, but 13 public holidays where employees do not have to work but are still paid. This brings the Austrian PTO to 38 days in total.
South Korea averages around 31 days of paid vacation.
In Brazil, after being with a company for a year, you are entitled to 30 days of paid vacation.
30 days off has been the magic number in many countries and Germany is no different, offering 30 days on average of paid vacation.
Noel Cymone Walker is a New York-based writer specializing in beauty, fashion, music, travel, and cultural anthropology. She has written and produced visuals for several notable publications such as The Recording Academy/The Grammys, The Fader, Billboard, OkayPlayer, Marie Claire, Glamour, Allure, Essence, Ebony, and more.
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