Statutory holidays: 28
Public holidays: 8
Workers in the United Kingdom are entitled to the highest number of holidays compared to anywhere else in the world.
However, vacation entitlements are often more complex in the UK, since the actual holiday provision depends on company contracts and the treatment of public holidays. While employees are entitled to 28 days, employers are allowed to include the eight public holidays as part of the 28-day package. Therefore, some workers actually have fewer vacation days than their European peers, where in general, public holidays are an addition to statutory days off.
While, the UK still has very generous holiday entitlements, it suffers from higher unemployment than such peers as Sweden and Denmark. Unemployment in Britain hit 8.3 percent in October, the highest level since 1994. Unions in the country are also threatening strikes as the government plans cuts to workers' pensions and other austerity measures.
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