It’s that time of year again – the kids are out of school and the sun is shining. We’re all seated at our desks waiting for the end of the day.

At this time of year, it’s easy to be tempted book off an entire week or two to do nothing or enjoy a break. so what are the legal holiday entitlements?

Your holiday entitlement will differ from role to role, but from a legal perspective these are the amounts of time you’re allowed to take holiday

Average workers are entitled to 5.6 weeks of paid holiday – including or excluding bank holidays (at the digression of the employer)

Workers who work a full time 5 day week are entitled to 28 days – which is equivalent to 5.6 weeks.

Workers who are part time are not entitled to as much holiday as they overall work less. However, it would 5.6 weeks, but that would equate to a smaller amount of time since they work fewer hours a week.

Holiday Pay

Holiday pay is given according to to the weekly pay of the individual. It’s worked out using the average earned per week according to if you are a full time, part time or a casual worker.

Working pattern Pay
Fixed hours and fixed pay (part time or full time) A week’s holiday pay equals how much a worker gets for a week’s work
Shift work with fixed hours (part time or full time) A week’s holiday pay equals the average number of weekly fixed hours a worker worked in the previous 12 weeks at their average hourly rate
No fixed hours (ie casual work) A week’s holiday pay is the average pay a worker got over the previous 12 weeks (in which they were paid)

(Guidance from the Government website)

The government’s guide for the pay is stated above.

Rolled up holiday pay

Rolled up holiday pay is when an employer pays a little over the standard hourly rate in order to cover the cost of 28 days taken on annual leave. This is no longer legal, as holiday pay must be given at the time of leave. If you have a contract that has rolled up holiday pay included then it needs to be corrected and you should speak to your manager or seek legal advice.

The government has provided an online holiday entitlement tool which allows you to understand what you’re entitled to. To work them out click here