Australians Get Bugger All Public Holidays [Infographic]

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Australians Get Bugger All Public Holidays [Infographic]
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Have you ever wondered how Australia’s annual public holiday quota compares to the rest of the world? It may surprise you to learn that Aussie workers are near the bottom of the pile, with everyone from New Zealand to the Netherlands receiving more national days off work. This infographic breaks down the worldwide rankings.

Last year, Australia’s accidental Prime Minister Scott Morrison suggested the possibility of a new national holiday specifically to honour indigenous Australians. He confirmed that this would not replace Australia Day, which means Aussie workers could potentially receive an extra day off work per year.

Doubtlessly most of the country’s employers would be staunchly against another national holiday, arguing it would put needless strain on the economy. In reality, if a new Australian holiday were to be established by law, it would put us on equal footing with most other nations.

Discount code site CupoNation Australia analysed the number of public holidays across 195 countries worldwide. Interestingly, Iran topped the ranking, with Iranian workers entitled to 27 paid public holidays. Meanwhile, Australian workers receive just 10 paid public holidays per year, which puts us behind 54 other nations. (The global average is 11.)

It’s worth noting that nations with higher average incomes tend to receive fewer public holidays. As CupoNation notes, the ten countries with the highest net salary in the world have only eight public holidays on average. However, there are several incredibly wealthy countries on the list that still manage to trump Australia.

It could be worse, we suppose. Employers in the United States are not required to provide any vacation time and there are zero paid public holidays. Here’s the complete list:

[Via CupoNation Australia]

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