The legal minimum paid holiday entitlement is 20 working days each year for
employees on a five-day working week. Trade union and other agreements usually
improve on this considerably, and most actual holiday entitlements fall within
the range of 25 to 30 days.
Middle-management and more senior employees
almost invariably enjoy 30 to 32 days. Bank, or public, holidays vary by province
from 10 to 13 days annually. However, the actual cost to the employer in terms
of lost working time is less than this, as a public holiday falling on a weekend
will not be compensated with an additional day off.
German public holidays are
invariably celebrated on the day of the event that they commemorate; thus May
Day is always celebrated on May 1, rather than on the first working day in May.