The French Take 30 Days Off, Americans Take 10: Expedia's 2012 Vacation Deprivation Study Reveals Stark Differences in National Attitudes Towards Vacation
Japanese, Koreans, Americans and Mexicans take fewest vacation days; French, Spanish, German and Brazilian workers take most
BELLEVUE, Wash., Nov. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Expedia.com®, the world's leading online travel agency, today released the results of the 2012 Vacation Deprivation® study, an annual analysis of vacation habits across multiple countries and continents. The 2012 study was conducted online by Harris Interactive among 8,687 employed adults in September and October 2012 on behalf of Expedia.com in North America, Europe, Asia, South America and Australia.
Expedia first commissioned the Vacation Deprivation study in 2000, to examine the vacation habits of Americans. In 2005, Expedia began comparing such habits across countries. The 2012 edition is the most comprehensive study in its 12-year history, featuring 22 countries in total. Full details on the 2012 Vacation Deprivation study can be found here: www.expedia.com/vacationdeprivation.
Asian workers continue to take the fewest vacation days. Japanese workers trail the field; the average Japanese worker is granted a median of 13 days off each year, but takes only five. South Koreans take seven out of a possible ten vacation days. North American workers behave similarly. American and Mexican workers take ten days each (out of 12 and 14 possible days, respectively). For Americans, this represents a net loss of two vacation days from the year prior. In 2011, Americans reported receiving 14 days of vacation and taking 12.
Europeans treat vacation as a duty rather than a perk. Most European workers have between 25 and 30 days of vacation time available to them each year, in addition to state and religious holidays. Workers in France and Spain report taking the full 30 vacation days off, as do their peers in Brazil. Germans take 28 of a possible 30 days off, while British, Norwegian and Swedish workers take all 25 days they're given.
"We conduct this study each year and I am consistently surprised to see how differently each nation treats vacation time," said John Morrey, general manager, Expedia.com. "Studies consistently show that an ideal work-life balance leads to happier and more productive employees. Your vacation days are not a gift, not a luxury. They're yours to use. So this year, instead of letting those days quietly expire, take that time and connect with the world outside of your office."
Asian workers take the fewest days off and work the longest weeks. Korean, Singaporean and Taiwanese workers report a median of 44 hour work weeks. Americans work 40 hours, the most common figure. The Dutch work 35 hours a week, the fewest among the 22 nations surveyed.
The survey also found that:
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North America: United States (n=500), Canada (n=1057), Mexico (n=400)
South America: Argentina (n=301), Brazil (n=303)
Europe: United Kingdom (n=400), Denmark (n=300), France (n=401), Germany (n=416), Ireland (n=303), Italy (n=412), Netherlands (n=303), Norway (n=300), Spain (n=411), Sweden (n=300)
Asia: Japan (n=329), India (n=602), Malaysia (n=306), South Korea (n=300), Singapore (n=301), Taiwan (n=326)
Australia: Australia (n=416)
For the full survey methodology, please contact Dave McNamee on behalf of Expedia at Expedia@hlgrp.com.
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