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PostPosted: Tue Sep 30, 2003 8:14 am    Post subject: How many weeks vacation a year? Reply with quote

How much vacation (or holiday) do you get a year?

Residents of Australia and many European countries are required by law to get 4 to 5 weeks of vacation each year. If you're living in the United States, though, you don't get one day off until you've worked with a company for a year.

How many of us actually get (or take) what we feel is an adequate amount of vacation?

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 30, 2003 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In the last eighteen months (apart from Bank Holidays) I have had two days off to move house . . . and the sad thing is I am in the travel business.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 30, 2003 1:42 pm    Post subject: Vacation Days Reply with quote

Most of my friends who work in the private sector get 10-15 vacation days per year, which is 2-3 weeks. But of course, you have to be with the company for a set period of time before you see any of that.

I'm however, in the public sector. Full time civilian employees of the US Government are allotted time off based on length of service: Employees begin to accrue vacation pay immediately as follows:
- less than three years 13 days per year (accrued at 4 hours every two weeks)

- 3-15 years of service: 20 days per year (accrued at 6 hours every two weeks, with 10 hours the last week of the calendar year)

- more than 15 years of service: 26 days per year (accrued at 8 hours - one day - every two weeks)

The best part of all of this is that one may continue to accrure this leave from one year to the next. However, one cannot carry over more than 240 hours from one calendar year to the next. I've been carrying that over for the last 5-6 years, and just using my20 days plus holidays. I guess I'm waiting for the right big trip to come along.

The best thing in 2003 is that I will hit my 15th year of service to the country (insert patriotic tune here), and will now get 26 days a year.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 30, 2003 10:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

With that much holiday you aren't at work long enough to get sick! Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 30, 2003 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you never heard of travel sickness, Hub? Wink

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 05, 2003 10:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love to travel, and so far this year have had 14 weeks off. I have a great boss.. (self employed)
My wife complains that sometimes she doesn't have time to do the washing between trips, so i suggested she should stay behind. I still get the headaches!
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2003 10:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Davy

Like you, I have a great boss also. Laughing

Unfortunately, he's a little strict on the holiday front. So far this year, I've had a similar amount to you - but then this year did include my honeymoon. Smile

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2003 8:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have misgivings about starting my own Travel Agency (although technicaly, it is already started) as this could have a very bad effect on my holidays.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2003 9:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't suppose I'm qualified to answer this one (being occupied in lectures for just 22 weeks a year) I did, however spend ten "vacation" weeks working to earn this years rent money! Like Paul, I also enjoyed a honeymoon (of just 12 days in July).

Cath (wife) gets 25 days a year. It seems to increase year on year (she had 24 last year etc.) This seems fairly generous to me, even though they are obliged to use some of their days on bank holidays.

Now what about the rest of you?

Can't post this without expressing my dismay at the idea of anyone choosing to commute by aircraft though. Environmentally irresponsible IMHO.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2003 11:25 am    Post subject: Re: How many weeks vacation a year? Reply with quote

Hi

I get 5 weeks of vacation each year...pluss some overtime Smile

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 13, 2003 5:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I only get 2 weeks a year. Although I've only been at my company for about 2 years. 2 weeks is not enough time to do anything. Last year I moved during my vacation. This year I went to see my in-laws. I hope that next year I'll be able to get a week extra. Maybe use my free passes to go somewhere! And I work in the travel business too!

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 14, 2003 10:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My commiserations Kat. It would seem that there is a very varied holiday entitlement in different countries. Th "Bog Standard" in the UK seems to be 4 weeks per year minimum, with extra days added for length of service, but these extra days can vary wildly too ( my wife used to get an extra "service day" every year for every completed 10 years of service, up to a maximum of 2)
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 15, 2003 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your right Davvy, it does depend on the country. I mean I don't mind working, BUT I'd like to take some time to enjoy what I do too.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2006 12:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I get 42 days a year. Not bad Very Happy We're obliged to take four weeks during July/August and we'll have to indicate when we take the rest (excluding 7) before the end of January
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2006 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What's a vacation? Laughing

Seriously though, I try and take a couple of weeks off a year.
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