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Gary T BS: US / UK work differences (29) RE: BS: US / UK work differences 08 May 02

In my experience, typical vacation allotments in the U.S. are 1 week after 1 year, 2 weeks (annually) after 2 years, 3 weeks after 5 years, 4 weeks after 10 or more years. A number of businesses don't offer that much, some never more than 2 weeks. I think it's barbaric.

In my field (auto repair), paid sick days are not the norm. Some paid holidays are, but if, for example, Independence Day (July 4th) fell on a weekend, there would be neither holiday pay nor a day off for it.

The other end of the scale is usually found in working for the government or some of the larger companies. It would be similar to what IvanB described above.

I like time for doing certain things, like going to music festivals or family get-togethers. I really hated having to grovel for (unpaid) time off for that.

About 6 years ago I quit my job and opened my own shop, a one-man operation. I close down when I want to, which has averaged 5 or 6 weeks a year. Obviously this is unpaid--nothing is earned when the shop is closed. I love it. Time to live is definitely worth something--a lot, in my opinion.

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