In the Netherlands, workers need 18 days off a year to recharge, study finds

A recent EU-wide study found that people in employment in the Netherlands need an average of 18 paid holidays per year to fully relax and rejuvenate – one day more than the European average.

Dutch workers need an average of 18 vacations per year

According to HR and payroll service provider SD Worx, anyone working in the Netherlands needs a bit more time to relax than their European neighbours. While EU workers need an average of 17 days off to recharge, Dutch workers need 18 to relax properly.

This statistic is quite interesting, considering the fact that thousands of people in the Netherlands work part-time. Full-time and part-time employees are legally entitled to four times the number of hours they work per week in vacation days, which equals 20 days for full-time workers.

Therefore, at just 18 days, the study finds that statutory holiday requirements provide more than enough time for employees to relax. The study also found that the Dutch are big fans of fixed holidays, with 45% of respondents saying they book the same days off every year – a habit that has also proven popular in Belgium and Italy.

Importance of vacations in achieving an optimal work-life balance

While the holidays are meant to be an opportunity for those in employment to completely disconnect from their work, many across the continent still find themselves checking emails or answering phone calls when they are supposed to be away. from the office. This habit was found to be particularly prevalent among Dutch workers: 37% of respondents admitted to working while on vacation and 30% said they found it difficult to disconnect.

“It is important that employees are given sufficient flexibility in planning their vacations, so that they can strive to achieve an optimal work-life balance,” says Mark Bloem, Director of SD Worx Country- Down. “What that balance ultimately looks like differs from employee to employee. Some like to completely disconnect from work while on vacation, while others like to have a helicopter view.

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