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  • Career Services Benchmarks: Time Off

    May 03, 2017 | By NACE Staff

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    Spotlight for Career Services Professionals

    Outside of vacation days—which vary by years of service—career services practitioners received an average of 12 paid holidays and nine other days off last year, according to results of NACE’s 2016-17 Career Services Compensation Report.

    The average number of paid holidays was more or less the standard across the different types of schools. (See Figure 1.) However, the average of “other” days off ranged from 12 at larger master’s colleges and universities to five at medium master’s colleges and universities. (See Figure 2.)

    On average, employees earned 16 days of vacation after one year of employment, 17 days after three years, 20 days after five years, and 22 days after 10 years. These figures varied both between different types of schools and within different types, indicating that policies regarding tenure-based vacation accruement are institution-specific.

    NACE’s 2016-17 Career Services Compensation Report survey was conducted among NACE college members from September 21, 2016, until January 20, 2017. It was sent to 1,900 institutions; responses were received from 729 member institutions—a 38.4 percent response rate. Highlights from the 2016-17 Career Services Compensation Report are available on NACEWeb. Participating members can access the full report through MyNACE.

    Figure 1: Number of Paid Holidays, by Carnegie Classification

    Group Carnegie Classification (Abbreviation) Average Number of Paid Holidays
    Doctoral Universities Highest Research Activity (R1) 12
    Higher Research Activity (R2) 12
    Moderate Research Activity (R3) 12
    Master’s Colleges & Universities Larger Programs (M1) 12
    Medium Programs (M2) 12
    Smaller Programs (M3) 12
    Baccalaureate Colleges Arts & Sciences Focus (Bacc.: A&S) 12
    Diverse Fields (Bacc.: Diverse) 12
    Baccalaureate/Associate’s Colleges (Bacc./Assoc.) 11
    Associate’s Colleges (Assoc.) 13
    Special Focus Institutions: Four-Year (Special: 4) 12
    Source: 2016-17 Career Services Compensation Report, National Association of Colleges and Employers

    Figure 2: Number of Days of Other Time Off, by Carnegie Classification

    Group Carnegie Classification (Abbreviation) Average Number of ‘Other’ Days Off
    Doctoral Universities Highest Research Activity (R1) 7
    Higher Research Activity (R2) 9
    Moderate Research Activity (R3) 9
    Master’s Colleges & Universities Larger Programs (M1) 12
    Medium Programs (M2) 5
    Smaller Programs (M3) 10
    Baccalaureate Colleges Arts & Sciences Focus (Bacc.: A&S) 8
    Diverse Fields (Bacc.: Diverse) 7
    Baccalaureate/Associate’s Colleges (Bacc./Assoc.) 6
    Associate’s Colleges (Assoc.) 9
    Special Focus Institutions: Four-Year (Special: 4) 8
    Source: 2016-17 Career Services Compensation Report, National Association of Colleges and Employers

    Figure 3: Average Number of Vacation Days Earned, by Years of Experience and Carnegie Classification

    Group Carnegie Classification (Abbreviation) After 1 Year After 3 Years After 5 Years After 10 Years
    Doctoral Universities Highest Research
    Activity (R1)
    20 21 23 26
    Higher Research
    Activity (R2)
    16 17 20 22
    Moderate Research Activity (R3) 13 15 19 23
    Master’s Colleges & Universities Larger Programs (M1) 15 16 18 20
    Medium Programs (M2) 12 16 19 24
    Smaller Programs (M3) 14 15 18 19
    Baccalaureate Colleges Arts & Sciences Focus (Bacc.: A&S) 17 18 19 20
    Diverse Fields (Bacc.: Diverse) 19 20 24 28
    Baccalaureate/Associate’s Colleges (Bacc./Assoc.) 14 15 18 21
    Associate’s Colleges (Assoc.) 14 15 17 21
    Special Focus Institutions: Four-Year (Special: 4) 13 14 19 22
    Source: 2016-17 Career Services Compensation Report, National Association of Colleges and Employers