Holidays/Annual Leave

Disagreements over holidays and holiday pay are common. Every year our Enquiry Point gets hundreds of calls about summer and Christmas holidays and time-off at bank holidays.

Most workers - whether part-time or full-time - are legally entitled to 5.6 weeks' paid annual leave.  Additional annual leave may be agreed as part of a worker's contract.  A week's leave should allow workers to be away from work for a week - i.e. it should be the same amount of time as the working week.  If a worker does a five-day week, he or she is entitled to 28 days leave.  If he or she does a three-day week, the entitlement is 16.8 days leave. Employers can set the times that workers take their leave, for example for a Christmas shutdown and workers must give their employer notice when they want to take leave. If a worker's employment ends, he or she has a right to be paid for the leave time due and not taken.

Information note - Holidays and holiday pay

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Employers - Know how much holiday to give your staff


Telephone Enquiry Point

The Agency’s Enquiry Point is available to employers, employees, trade unions and others. Enquiry Point advisors provide information and advice on a wide range of employment matters. The Enquiry Point is also an important contact point for identifying circumstances, or clients, who would benefit from being referred to other Agency services.

The Enquiry Point provides clear, confidential, independent and impartial advice to assist the caller in resolving issues in the workplace.

While the advisors cannot provide a legal opinion they can help callers gain a better understanding of their rights and responsibilities as well as identifying possible options to help resolve their issues.

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