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Public Holidays 2017

This page contains a calendar of all 2017 public holidays for Cambodia. Please scroll down to view.

Approximately 95 percent of Cambodian citizens practice Buddhism. The majority of public holidays are based on Buddhist observances, as well as political victories. The number of observed political holidays varies between 16 and 20 days, depending on employment contracts and collective bargaining agreements. The majority of public holidays are based on Cambodia’s freedom from the Khmer Rouge regime.

According to Cambodian labour laws, if a “sanctioned” public holiday falls on a Sunday, employees are allowed to take the following Monday as a paid holiday. Payment for public holidays are at the normal hourly wage. If an employee is requested to work on a sanctioned public holiday, he or she will receive the normal wage in addition to 100 percent. This rate is equivalent to double-time.

Annual Leave Provisions

According to new labour law statutes, passed primarily to optimise employment relationships in the garment industry, all full-time Cambodian employees are entitled to 18 days of paid leave per year. Employees are also entitled to one extra day of paid leave for every two years of consecutive employment. An employee who has served between seven and nine years will receive 20 days of paid annual leave.

Wages, Overtime and Bonus Payments

The Cambodian Ministry of Labour has established minimum wages only for the garment industry, which has been the subject of fair employment regulations. Apprentices are entitled to a minimum monthly wage equivalent to $30 USD. Full-time employees are guaranteed a minimum monthly salary equivalent to $100 USD. According to Cambodian labour laws, employers are required to pay monthly bonuses based on length of employment. Monthly seniority bonuses generally amount to $3.00 USD after two years of consecutive employment. Seniority bonuses increase by one dollar per month for each year of employment. An employee who has completed more than 10 years with an employer can expect to receive an additional monthly bonus of $11.00 USD. In addition to monthly seniority bonuses, Cambodian employees are entitled to receive an extra bonus amounting to $10 USD for perfect attendance.

The Cambodian Labour Code states that employees working in the garment industry are limited to eight hours per day, for a total of 48 hours per week. All employees are entitled to 24 hours off per week, which is usually on a Sunday or a Buddhist religious observance day. Overtime is only permitted for urgent work, which may not exceed two hours per day. Cambodian laws mandate that overtime worked on Mondays through Saturdays are compensated at 150 percent of normal hourly wage, which amounts to time-and-one-half. If an employee is required to work overtime on a Sunday, the statutory compensation is equal to 200 percent of normal wage, amounting to double-time. The Labour Code also provides that if an employee works on a sanctioned public holiday, compensation will be paid at the rate of 200 percent, also known as double-time.

Although Cambodia is a very poor country, it is hopeful that the economy will improve and people will finally be able to overcome political, cultural and economic difficulties. As tourists begin to infiltrate the region, it is hopeful that employment opportunities may become available in the construction industry.

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunInternational New Year Day
2 JanMonNew Year Holiday
7 JanSatVictory over Genocidal Regime Day
11 FebSatMeak Bochea Day
8 MarWedInternational Women's Day
14 AprFriKhmer New Year
15 AprSatKhmer New Year
16 AprSunKhmer New Year
17 AprMonKhmer New Year
1 MayMonInternational Labor Day
10 MayWedVisak Bochea Day
13 MaySatKing's Birthday, Norodom Sihamoni
14 MaySunKing's Birthday, Norodom Sihamoni
14 MaySunRoyal Ploughing Ceremony
15 MayMonKing's Birthday, Norodom Sihamoni
15 MayMonRoyal Ploughing Ceremony
16 MayTueKing's Birthday, Norodom Sihamoni
1 JunThuInternational Children's Day
18 JunSunKing's Mother Birthday,
Norodom Monineath Sihanouk
19 JunMonKing's Mother Birthday,
Norodom Monineath Sihanouk Holiday
19 SepTuePchum Ben
20 SepWedPchum Ben
21 SepThuPchum Ben
24 SepSunConstitution Day
25 SepMonConstitution Day Holiday
15 OctSunDay of Hommage for the Late King Father,
Norodom Sihanouk
16 OctMonDay of Hommage for the Late King Father,
Norodom Sihanouk Holiday
23 OctMonParis Peace Agreements Day
29 OctSunKing Norodom Sihamoni
Coronation Day
30 OctMonKing Norodom Sihamoni
Coronation Day Holiday
2 NovThuBon Om Touk
3 NovFriBon Om Touk Holiday
4 NovSatBon Om Touk Holiday
9 NovThuIndependence Day
10 DecSunInternational Human Rights Day
11 DecMonInternational Human Rights Day Holiday