Summer’s Here! – the basic facts on Statutory Holiday Entitlement

The summers here and I like most am looking forward to my holiday.  Its an essential part of the year for most, if not all, employees. 
To employers however, it can cause  headaches if not managed correctly so here are the basic facts for statutory holiday entitlement.
  • Workers have the right to get paid leave; accrue holiday entitlement during sick, maternity or paternity leave; choose to take holiday at the same time as sick leave
  • Most workers are legally entitled to 5.6 weeks paid holiday. Employers can include bank holidays as part of statutory annual leave.
  • 5 day week workers must receive 28 days paid holiday. (5 days multiplied by 5.6 weeks)
  • Part time workers are also entitled to 5.60 weeks paid holiday, but this may equate to less days per year if they work less days; working a 3 day week would equate to 16.8 days for example. Employees working irregular hours will need to calculate their holiday entitlement for irregular hours here
  • Annual leave begins to accrue as soon as an employee starts their job. If a worker starts or leaves part way through a holiday year, their entitlement must be pro-rated accordingly. Use the holiday calculator here
  • Employees who get 28 days annual leave can carry over up to a maximum of 8 days into the next holiday year.
  • Shift workers or casual workers’ holiday pay should be calculated on an average of their last 12 weeks’ pay.
  • Employers can choose to offer more leave than the legal minimum. If they do, they don’t have to apply all the rules that apply to statutory leave to the extra leave.

For more information on dealing with statutory holiday entitlement for your employees, visit our website or contact our team on 0117 9353500.

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Simon Palmer

Simon Palmer is a Director at Qtac.
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