Despite huge holiday leave most Aussies still have a sickie mentality

Although Australians have more mandatory annual leave than most other places in the world, 43% of Aussies say they have chucked a sickie rather than take annual leave and the phenomenon of taking sick leave rather than annual leave is set to increase with the abolition of compulsory days off for public holidays according to a survey of 1,694 respondents.

The minimum four weeks annual leave that is mandatory in Australia is amongst the highest in the world, yet 40% of Aussies say do not think the four weeks paid-holiday is sufficient according to a survey by Talent2, Australia’s leading human resources and recruitment firm.

Ms Laura Mabikafola says that Australians are some of the hardest working people in the world. The 60-hour-working-week is not uncommon, and many people are tied to their jobs 24 hours a day, thanks to the advent of the mobile phone and the blackberry. Australians are happy to work hard and have an excellent work ethic, however they have a reasonable expectation that they should be rewarded for their hard work with some extra rest and relaxation.

In Canada, workers receive only 10 paid days off a year, in Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan it’s only seven days. Australians get more paid-holidays than most countries in the Asia-Pacific region, however 40% say they should be paid to take more holidays according to the 1,698 respondents to the survey.

"Four weeks paid holiday is the average across the western world, particularly with it being the standard for the European Union. Australians need a decent opportunity to relax and recharge in order to do their jobs properly."

"Employers need to be flexible with the way they treat employers when it comes to taking time off work, however. Many workplaces are introducing the option for employees to take a set number of 'bed days', for example, where an employee can call in and take the day off, no questions asked. Sometimes we just need to recharge our batteries, even when we haven’t got a holiday planned." Top 5

France: 5 weeks + 2 weeks of RTT (Reduction du Temps de Travail, in English: Reduction of Working Time) = 7 weeks. The most significant vacation time of any country in the world.

Denmark: 6 weeks, of which 5 days can be "sold" back to the employer

Finland: 35 days

Germany: 4 weeks, plus 9 to 13 bank holidays

Austria 35 days, for elderly employees 42 days

Australia: 4 weeks, plus 5 compasionate leave days, 10 public holidays Bottom 5

China: No leave legally required

USA: No leave legally required, United States Not required, but 7-21 days is standard for most employers. Typically, 10 working days with 8 national holidays.

Hong Kong: 7 days

Singapore: 7 days

Taiwan: 7 days

Japan: 2 weeks