What are your working hours and annual leave?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 46
32 posts

In the US I work 40 hrs a week and make around 60k a year. But I work for a state hospital so there can be mandatory overtime if they are short staffed for the next shift (ie. forced to work 16 hrs in a row). But you get paid overtime for the extra shift. My shift is 6:30am to 3:00pm, 1 hr paid lunch.

We get 3 weeks vacation and 12 paid sick days. You accumulate more the longer you work there. But we have to work all national holidays depending where our days off fall. We get paid overtime if we have to work a holiday. I don’t have weekends off; permanent tues/wed off. It sucks but the benefits are good. If I work for the state 20 years, I keep my benefits for myself and spouse till death. 

Post # 47
266 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2018

I’m a highschool teacher, I work Monday to Thursday 7:30 – 15:00 and Fridays 7:30 – 13:30 and 2 half hour breaks. All weekends off, of course and ±50 days leave per year during school breaks. I think I am earning quite decently with my educational background/work experience and where I am currently in my career 🙂 

Post # 48
105 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2018 - City, State

UK bee here too! 

I am a junior accountant in the Midlands, I get 28 days plus bank holidays, plus a bonus ‘birthday’ day. I also get paid study leave for when I’m at Uni or taking professional exams. 

I think it is becoming the norm for flexi time to be available – we have core hours of 10 – 3 but can chose our hours around these times to equate to 37.5 hours per week. 

I think I have a pretty good deal, the company I work for pay for all of my study (£9000 per year) on top of basic salary of £23,000 plus 2 bonus per year. 


Post # 49
82 posts
Worker bee

Another UK Bee here checking in 🙂 – I work in Commissioning for Local Government although I sometimes fantasise about moving to private sector I think it would be hard to match what we get here, I work 37 hours Monday – Friday working hours are 9-5 but we operate a flexi policy with core hours. So I could come in no later than half 9 if I fancied or could leave as early as 3.15pm (so long as you are making up the hours on other days etc.) We can carry over/ or under 8 hours per 4 week time sheet. 

I get 32 days annual leave with bank holidays on top of that, and if we accrue time we can take flexi time ((TOIL) we do not get paid overtime. 

For the likes of maternity leave we get paid 6 months full pay then 6 months half pay I believe, we have childcare vouchers, special leave for hospital appointments etc. They also have allocated study leave if you are studying a relevant qualification to your job role (which I am at the moment so I get one day study leave and the day of the exam off) 

It’s pretty good here, but I have been here 5 years straight out of uni and do fancy a change *day dreams*

I don’t think it is totally wishful thinking for you to want to search for something else that better fits your needs/wants, it may be a struggle to check off the different requirements on your list, but if you don’t look you wont find I guess 🙂


Post # 51
1301 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I work anywhere from 55-80 hrs a week but have incredible flexibility over my schedule on lighter weeks. If I have something I need to do outside the office or to work from home, I don’t need permission as long as deliverables are being met and it doesn’t interfere with project deadlines. Since our projects are very team-based working from home isn’t a reliable multi-days a week thing but more working form home in the evening so that you can have dinner with your family. 

Other perks are that I get 25 days paid leave (plus days between Xmas-New years the office is closed so those are off). After having (or adopting) a baby you can get up to 1 year at 80% but payed 100% (plus 3 months PTO maternity/paternity leave). Plus every couple years you can ask for 2 months paid time off to do a “personal project” (you have to apply for this but they’re pretty flexible on what qualifies). There is also the option to take extended LOA (unpaid) of 3-4 months to do what you want (e.g. people use it for honeymoon, to be at home during tough times, to travel, to work on personal projects, etc). The LOA is something that is case-by-case, the first time you use it they’re pretty open but after that there needs to be good reason (e.g. illness or family issues). 

Since we work long hard hours it’s also not unknown to get 2 weeks “mental health” after particularly challenging projects or if you feel like you’re approaching burn out. This is super case-by-case and really needs to be motivated, but the company wants to make sure that people are taking care of themselves despite our long hours. I’m not sure if it’s paid or not?

Post # 52
2705 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle

Australian bee here.  I work supposedly 35 hours a week, although it’s usually nearer to 37-38, and my hours vary pretty widely – but that’s because I work in the theatre world.  I’m on ~62k a year (Australian) and I get four weeks’ leave a year, plus the public holidays (seven or eight a year, I think?).  Sick leave I can’t actually tell you how much I get because I never use it all…currently I have 77 days but that’s accrued over six years.

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