Unlimited Holidays at Work
Companies offering unlimited holiday are identified
In the UK, companies are legally obliged to offer their employees 28 days paid holiday each year. Unless holiday working is a requirement of the job, many companies choose to include eight bank holidays/public holidays in the 28-day allowance, allowing employees to choose when to take the other 20 days.
More generous annual leave allowances are usually granted to employees with a certain number of years’ service.
However, jobs website Glassdoor has revealed 10 companies in the UK and Ireland which offer their employees unlimited paid holidays. Many of these are technology companies and/or companies which have their global headquarters in the United States.
The 10 companies are:
- Crimson Hexagon, which provides consumer insights from social media data
- LinkedIn, the world’s largest employment networking site
- Visualsoft, which produces eCommerce websites
- JustPark, which uses technology to identify underused car parking spaces
- Netflix, which provides video streaming services
- Affectv, an online advertising technology company
- Songkick, a live music start-up
- HubSpot, an inbound marketing and sales platform
- Eventbrite, the online ticketing service
- CAKE, which provides tech-based solutions to track digital marketing spending
Visualsoft (based in Teeside and Manchester) and HubSpot (Dublin) are the only companies in the list with significant UK operations outside London.
Whilst the practice of offering unlimited holiday may have originated in tech companies in the United States, the US is in fact one of the few major world economies where there is no legal entitlement to any paid holiday. Data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the average US worker with one year’s service gets just 10 paid holiday days per year, on top of public holidays.
Being allowed unlimited paid leave may not be quite as good as it sounds. If this apparent perk is offered, then staff face the difficult decision of deciding how much leave it is appropriate to take, and judging how their boss will react if they decide to take 30 days, 40 days or any other amount of holiday.