capital city

Capital

Caracas

currency

Currency

Venezuelan Bolívar (VEF)

date format

Date format

dd/mm/yyyy

region

Region

LATAM

entitlement

Minimum holiday entitlement

15

paid public holidays

Paid public holidays per year

Additional leave compliance rules and complexities

Working patterns

The Venezuelan working week must, by law, contain 2 consecutive rest days, one of which must be a Sunday. Though if an employee’s work is in the “Public interest”, then these 2 rest days can be on any 2 consecutive days of the week. Also, if an employee’s working on a shift pattern, then their rest day does not have to fall on a Sunday. If an employee working shift is only able to take one rest day in a week, then they must be given time off in lieu to make up for the missing rest day.

Annual leave

Employees get 15 days’ paid leave a year, and their annual allowance increases by 1 day a year for every year they spend in a role, up to a total of 30 days paid annual leave a year.

Sick leave

Venezuelan employees can take up to 1 year of sick leave, but the employer is only responsible to pay the employee for the first 3 days of this sick leave. After this period, the government takes over the payment of sick pay.

Maternity and paternity leave

Social security also covers maternity pay at 66.6% of the mother’s usual salary for up to 26 weeks. Fathers can take up to 14 days’ paternity leave, and parents can take shared parental leave for one day a month until the child turns 1.