Vacation and Other Leave Policies Around the World


This publication provides information on the policies and amount of annual leave offered by companies in almost 50 countries. By presenting reliable and up-to-date market data alongside information on statutory requirements, the report allows HR managers to see how their policies stack up against competitors within their country and region, and may serve as a guide to those professionals tasked with crafting a leave policy for their own organization.


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The 2017 Vacation and Other Leave Policies Around the World publication provides HR and business managers hard-to-find and current information on the amount and types of leave that most organizations provide to their employees. Drawing on a global survey of more than 2,000 submissions, the report offers county-by-country analysis of trends in common and emerging types of leave, including prevalence data, number of leave days, and potential upcoming changes.

The report also includes information on each country’s statutory leave requirements as mandated by law, thereby ensuring that readers have a complete sense of the vacation and other leave landscape for all markets in the publication.

How can Vacation and Other Leave Policies Around the World help you?

Which countries have the most and least number of required leave days?

Expanding into a new market can be expensive, so it’s important to know where the hidden costs of employment lie. Find out which countries have the most and least number of required paid leave days.

Does your local competition for talent offer nontraditional leave types, such as sabbaticals or study leave?

As employees increasingly prioritize their career development and work-life balance, leave programs that allow time away for personal or professional goals become a major appeal to prospective hires. See what companies in your market are offering today.

Should your company offer individual types of leave (vacation vs. sick), or should you grant employees a single pool of leave days to use at their discretion? 

What does it cost your company to track and record individual types of leave for each employee, and is it time to adopt a more hands-off leave policy? Find out what’s most popular in your market.

Report Composition

Vacation and Other Leave Policies Around the World is composed of three main sections:

  • The Summary of Key Findings provides an overview of global survey results and trends. Offering an executive summary-type synopsis, the section is optimal for anyone looking for regional variations in policies, global vacation policy trends, and other notable takeaways from the data collected in Mercer’s global survey.
  • The Regional Results sections provide critical information for those looking to learn more about specific countries or markets. The regional sections contain country pages with an overview of statutory requirements for that market, as well as national survey results for each type of leave policy. The regions included in the report are:
    • Americas
    • Asia Pacific
    • Europe, Middle East, and Africa
  • The About this Report section delineates the methods of data-gathering and cleaning used for the report and lists key definitions.

More Product Details

Leave types covered:

  • Statutory requirements
  • Annual leave policies
  • Unlimited leave days
  • Vacation days
  • Personal days
  • Sick leave
  • Holidays
  • Other leave policies

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