In depends on the group and your band, but in the US 44 hours per week allows you to take your vacation and holidays and still meet a utilization target that is likely around 95% (some groups may even be higher). I was even told a couple of years ago that my second line manager would not give "exceeds" in Business Results unless my utilization was at 105%. A true sweatshop!
I am a bit baffled if that is to be true. How do you fit in your paid vacation without destroying your utilisation target? And lets not forget learnings? You're making it sound like the vacation that should be part of the contract requires you to work overtime to earn first. That can't be true.
When I was in GBS (and thank God I'm not any more) I basically had to work an overtime hour for any vacation hour taken, and more overtime to hit the utilization numbers.
The same held true for any hour taken for doctor, sick time, learning, etc.
So basically older workers like me didn't take all their earned vacation.
Curious what the legoslation on that is in the US. Because that's pretty much illegal in Germany. Im forced to take my vacation or must be compensated for it.