How bad is it really in your part of Europe? Personal experiences?

Started Jan 9, 2013 | Discussions thread
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You are almost correct:
In reply to biggib, Jan 12, 2013

biggib wrote:

That employers pays you so you don't show up at work doesn't come as a surprise, but do not expect anybody to take your word for it.

For more factual information

Across all the countries of the EU27 (and Norway) for which data are available, the average collectively agreed entitlement is 25.4 days. Agreed annual leave entitlement in the EU15 varies from 30 days in Denmark and Germany to 25 days in Finland, France, the Netherlands (and Norway) to 24.6 days in the UK and 24 in Ireland. In the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Slovakia and Romania, the average collectively agreed paid annual leave is 24.1 days.

The link you provided also mentions the length of the working week:

"Across the EU27, the average agreed working week was 38 hours long in 2010, an increase of 0.1 hours in relation to the 37.9 recorded in 2009, and 38.6 hours in 2008 and 2007. In the 12 new Member States (NMS), the working week remained at 39.7 hours, which means that the gap between older and newer Member States was slightly reduced from 2.2 to 2.1 hours in 2010. The average collectively agreed working week in the EU15 was 37.6 hours, an increase of 0.1 hours in relation to 2009."

In most EU15 countries opening hours of shops, offices and factories are still based on the old 40-hour cycle (5 days of 8 hours each) and the surplus hours built-up over time are provided as additional vacation days on top of the basic 24-26. Typically the only difference with "normal" vacation days is that these surplus days cannot be accumulated over the years and are not freely scheduled - the employer is entitled to force some days off upon the staff in order to f.i. close between Xmas and Newyear.

In the Netherlands this amounts in most branches to some 8 to 12 extra days on a yearly basis.

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