How Work Entitlements Differ Around The Globe

There’s no denying that work is a significant part of our lives. We spend a huge amount of our time there and it’s not unusual to hear someone in the office complaining about how things could be better. It’s interesting to see then, just how good other countries do have it.

The following infographic created by Citrix takes a look at just that. It analyses how entitlements vary between 7 countries dotted around the world; Australia, UK, USA, Brazil, Sweden, Germany & South Africa.

The differences between certain entitlements is profound – it’s a lot further apart than most people would think. Out of the 7 countries listed, 2 don’t have a set minimum wage and differences between the lowest and highest maternity leave days amounts to a massive 40 weeks, although paternity leave is quite low amongst them all.

It’s also interesting to see that 2 countries have legislated for flexible working laws. As this becomes more and more ‘the norm’ we can hope to see it introduced into more countries the world over. It makes sense after all, workers are more productive and employers can usually save money.

There is also a stark difference in the amount of sick days a person can take. From a low point of 8 days in the US, to unlimited days in the UK, Sweden & Brazil. I can imagine in the countries where there’s a limit on the amount of days you can take as sick days that people dread the possibility of coming down with something serious, as if you wouldn’t have enough to worry about!

Take a look at the infographic below, even if your own country isn’t listed it’ll give you a good idea as to how entitlements differ around the globe. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.


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