According to various research studies, Israeli employers tend to stick to the
minimum set by law, so that the average number of vacation days the Israeli
employee is entitled to is only 14 or 15.
Since the employer is obligated
to pay employees for at least 9 holiday vacation days, the average number of
total vacation days an Israeli employee receives is only 19. This puts Israel in
an unflattering position compared with Europe, where the conservative UK grants
an average of 28 vacation days, and generous France grants an average of 37
vacation days. Israel can take comfort in the knowledge that the average number
of vacation days in the US is only 17.
Former Histradrut Legal Bureau
Chief of the Trade Union Department Adv. Naomi Landau said that after taking
into consideration the days of absence for vacation and for Jewish holidays, the
Israeli employee is actually in a good situation. "Many places of work, for
example, understand that the days in the middle of the Passover and Succot
holidays are not efficient work days, and therefore they close the office for
these periods and the employee and the employer each pay for one vacation day,"