Annual leave and public holidays
Am I right in thinking that the average entitlement to A/L is approx 4 weeks?
I guess it depends where you work. I currently work in the NHS and get 33 days inc the 8 B/H so pretty good.
I read that you don't need as many holidays as the pace of life is more relaxed.
Do you have the problem of holidays being more expensive in school holidays (would holiday in oz as weather not an issue)
Flights between various states in Aus is more expensive than I imagined but that is down to Adelaide being relatively small. Costs during hols are lower I think as going out is cheaper here or free.
Pace of life is slower and quality higher IMO so you may find that not having as much hols okay.
My partner and I were both used to getting 6 weeks leave in the UK so it is a bit of a shock to go back to 4 weeks especially as we love going on holiday.
It is rare to find a job advertised offering anymore than 4 weeks leave and this amount does not increase with service, apart from when you are entitled to long service leave when you usually have to be with an employer for around 10 years.
Where my partner works he has a system where you can take up to an additional 2 weeks leave a year unpaid and they take the money out of his pay each fortnight (people generally get paid fortnightly here).
We are returning to the UK in Sept/Oct to attend my brothers wedding and I have requested extended leave which has been approved but I will have to take 2 to 3 weeks unpaid leave.
4 weeks a year for Annual Leave is hard, we have a shut down for Christmas so generally only get 2 more weeks for the rest of the year, it really leaves no flexibility for much holidays throughout the year, we love to travel so find it quite restricting. Just can't wait for the long service to arrive, only 9 years to go... Woo hoo....
Holidays here are generally more expensive, those package tours to the Caribbean or Europe will feel like a distant memory, but saying that, i think to appreciate South Australia or even the whole of Australia then camping is the way to go, after all it's mainly the scenery that's out there to be enjoyed, not all inclusive hotels and theme parks. One of my favourite places so far is Merimbumla (i think that's how you spell it) on the southern new south wales coast, the place is gorgeous.
Nurses who work on a rotating 7 day type roster get 6 weeks annual leave. If a public holiday falls into your leave then an extra day is tacked on the end.
The Overland train to Melbourne is cheap, $55 one way and it is now a day service. It takes 10 hours but you see the countryside and you don't have to drive.
Originally Posted by Jessica Berry
Does that include the bank holidays or are they extra?
My A/L is currently worked out in hours, I am part time and to make B/H fairer they are pro rata so all calculate in together so all in all I get 33 days pro rata. you have to use A/L if they fall on a day that you normally work.
One of my favourite places so far is Merimbumla (i think that's how you spell it) on the southern new south wales coast, the place is gorgeous.[/quote]
A friend of our's (from the uk) has a place in Merimbumla, about 5 mins walk from the inland lagoon, your right it does look fab:). Cheers Graham
I am a staff nurse and hope to emigrate soon, I have a job at the royal Adelaide and will get 6 weeks AL.
Hope this helps
Most jobs only give 4 weeks annual leave plus the public holidays. Also read the small print of your employment contract because it might even say that you need to work there for a year before taking leave!
A friend of our's (from the uk) has a place in Merimbumla, about 5 mins walk from the inland lagoon, your right it does look fab:). Cheers Graham[/QUOTE]
Originally Posted by graandjac
Are you going to go over there for a visit after settling ?
There is a RSL club with a large decked patio area, overlooking the bay, child friendly and it was the first place i had wedges with sweet chilly sauce....