The UK and USA have been described as having a “special relationship” for many years now. Whilst our cultural sensibilities are similar, in a lot of ways, when it comes to the world of work our two countries have distinctive differences, in particular when it comes to etiquette and benefits.

The infographic below compares and contrasts the countries rules and regulations from different sectors of the working environment to see how each country stacks up against one another. From sick leave, to average salaries of common business professions, it’s an interesting insight into the working world of each country.

For example…

  • On average, US software engineers earn 30% more than their UK counterparts.
  • The average commuting time in the US is just 23 minutes, compared to an average commute of 1 hour 38 minutes in the UK.

  • British workers are entitled to 5.6 weeks of paid holiday leave by law. US workers aren’t entitled to any!

  • British women are entitled to 52 weeks of maternity leave. US women are entitled to just 12 weeks.

Whether you’re planning to move abroad to pursue new opportunities, or expand your business into transatlantic territories, this infographic provides a useful breakdown for those looking to make the jump overseas.

Robert Johnson from Foothold America commented on the infographic:

“While the US is quite rightly defined as “the land of opportunity” for business and workers alike, it’s important to take note of the differences in working rights and culture when planning to do business across the pond. Not only are communication styles and attitudes different in the US, but ‘tangible’ elements that affect the bottom line are too: Salary expectations as well as perks and benefits must be factored in to ensure your venture is a success”.

So, which country do you think you’d benefit in the most?

You can take a look at the infographic below…

Work Culture UK vs USA

Provided by Foothold America