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Days Off Calculator

Created by Wei Bin Loo
Reviewed by Steven Wooding
Last updated: Jan 18, 2024


With this days off calculator, we aim to help you calculate the paid leave and days off you are entitled to. Understanding your days off is vital for planning your work-life balance and ensuring that you're making the most of the benefits provided by your employer. Please check out our unpaid work calculator and day counter to understand more about this topic.

We have prepared this article to help you understand what paid leave and days off are and how to calculate them. We will also demonstrate some practical examples to ensure you understand the concept thoroughly.

What is days off? What is paid leave?

Paid leave refers to the time an employee can take off work and still receive their regular pay. This can include various types, such as vacation leave, sick leave, parental leave, and public holidays. Paid leave is typically considered a benefit the employer provides, and the terms may vary between companies and countries.

Days off, on the other hand, encompass not only paid leave but also any unpaid time off that an employee may take. This can include unpaid vacation, personal days, or even leave of absence for specific reasons such as study or sabbatical.

This calculator focuses on the former as the latter can be subject to multiple other factors.

How to use this days off calculator to calculate your paid leave?

Now that you understand what days off is, let's talk about calculating your paid leave.

To use this calculator to calculate your days off, follow the steps below:

  1. Determine the country you work in.

    The first step is to determine in which part of the world you work in currently. This days off calculator currently accounts for 3 countries, i.e., the United States, the United Kingdom, and Poland. We are working on adding more countries.

  2. Insert the type of contract that you are under.

    Next, you will need to select the type of contract that you have with your employer. This can be full-time, part-time, contract, or freelance. Depending on your contract, it can have a major impact on the number of days off you are legally entitled to.

    If you are part-time, adjust the number of hours per week you normally work to calculate the pro-rata number of days off you are entitled to.

  3. Understand the days off calculated.

    Now, the results should be before your eyes. The calculator will tell you how many days off you are legally entitled to according to your country and the contract you are under. Please feel free to use this information to plan your next summer trip, take time off to visit your family, etc.

What is the importance of calculating your days off?

  • Work-life balance: Properly calculating and planning your days off ensures a healthy work-life balance. Knowing when and how to take time off can reduce stress and increase overall well-being. Please check out our vacation countdown calculator to understand more on this topic.

  • Compliance with regulations: In many jurisdictions, employees are entitled to a minimum number of paid leave days. Accurately calculating these days ensures that both employers and employees comply with local labor laws.

  • Maximizing benefits: Understanding your paid leave entitlement helps you maximize the benefits available to you. Planning in advance can help you make the most of vacation times, holidays, and other opportunities for rest and recreation.

  • Strategic planning for employers: For employers, tracking paid leave and days off helps in workforce planning. It allows them to manage staffing levels and ensures that critical roles are covered during employees' absences.

FAQ

What is the number of days off I am entitled to in the UK, including public holidays?

You are entitled to 20 days off and 28 days to 30 days in total, depending on the number of public holidays in that year.

What are the factors that will affect the number of days off I am entitled to?

The number of days off you are entitled to depends on the following:

  • The country you work in;
  • The contract you have with your employer; and
  • The negotiated terms on your employment contract.

How do I calculate my paid leave if I'm a part-time employee?

You can calculate your paid leave in three steps:

  1. Calculate the proportion of full-time hours you work.
  2. Determine the full-time paid leave entitlement.
  3. Calculate your days off by multiplying your working hour proportion by the full-time paid leave entitlement.

Can I take unpaid leave if I've used up my paid leave?

Generally, yes, but unpaid leave usually requires approval from your employer. The terms and conditions for unpaid leave should be outlined in your employment contract or company policy.

Wei Bin Loo
Country
United States
Contract
Full-time
In the U.S., workers are not legally entitled to any paid holiday at all. However, in reality, most US employers offer around 10 to 15 paid-off days to their full-time workers.
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