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Holiday entitlements

Employers are legally obliged to pay holiday pay to all their employees over the age of compulsory education including casual employees.

Employees are legally entitled to 5.6 weeks (28 days) paid holiday per year, based on working five or six days per week.  Bank holidays are not automatically paid leave; they can be a normal working day or be included in the employee’s annual leave entitlement.

Part-time employees are also entitled to a minimum of 5.6 of their working weeks paid holiday each year.  In some cases, it may be advisable to calculate a part-time employee’s holiday entitlement in hours rather than days, e.g. if they do not work the same hours on each of their working days.

An employer can choose to offer more holiday entitlement than the legal minimum.  Either way, an employee’s holiday entitlement should be clearly stated in a written statement of employment particulars or a contract of employment.

Employees also accrue holidays when they are on maternity, paternity or adoption leave, or are off sick.

If you have any questions about the holiday entitlement of your employees, please contact our team.