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Holiday Entitlement

Almost all workers are legally entitled to 5.6 weeks paid holiday per year (known as statutory leave entitlement or annual leave). Self-employed workers aren’t entitled to annual leave.

Working 5 days a week

Most workers who work a 5-day week, must receive 28 days paid annual leave per year. This is calculated by multiplying a normal week (5 days) by the annual entitlement of 5.6 weeks.

Working part-time

Part-time workers are also entitled to a minimum of 5.6 weeks of paid holiday each year, although this may amount to fewer actual days of paid holiday than a full-time worker would get.

 Example

 A worker works 3 days a week, their leave is calculated by multiplying 3 by 5.6 which comes to 16.8 days of annual paid leave.

Irregular hours

Use the HMRC Holiday Calculator  to determine leave entitlement for people working irregular hours (e.g. shift work).

    

 Did you know?

Workers have the right to:

Starget paid for leave (see HMRC guidance  on calculating holiday pay)

Starbuild up (‘accrue’) holiday entitlement during maternity, paternity and adoption leave

Starbuild up holiday entitlement while off work sick

Starchoose to take holiday at the same time as sick leave

Limits on statutory leave

Statutory paid holiday entitlement is limited to 28 days. Staff working 6 days a week are only entitled to 28 days’ paid holiday and not 33.6 days (5.6 multiplied by 6).

                  
Bank holidays

Bank or public holidays do not have to be given as paid leave. An employer can choose to include these holidays as part of a worker’s statutory annual leave.

 
Extra leave

An employer can choose to offer more leave than the legal minimum. You don’t have to apply all the rules that apply to statutory leave to the extra leave. For example, a worker might need to be employed for a certain amount of time before they become entitled to it.

 

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