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|Subject: Re: Lost Decade Recap||Date: 12/9/2010 6:25 PM|
|Author: Rocannon||Number: 4913 of 5086|
Many employers will allow for time off without pay.
I've never had such an employer.
Last year I asked my current boss for time off in lieu of a raise, the answer was a firm no (but I did get a raise anyway). At my current place of work, there's a fixed amount of vacation: 15 days. You don't get increases for every year you stay there.
My only way out is finding another job which provides more vacation time, or quitting, or becoming a contractor. In my industry (software) 15 days seems to be standard. My impression is that contractors spend most of their off time looking for work, so that doesn't look like a great option. I also get the impression that people looking to take time off just quit, go do what they want for a while, and then look for employment after the break. That seems pretty risky to me. I'd much rather quit when I'm fairly sure I won't need employment again.
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