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Annual Leave

Almost all employees are entitled to 5.6 weeks’ paid holiday (annual leave) a year. This includes:

  • agency workers;

  • workers with irregular hours, and;

  • workers on zero-hours contracts

Employers may chose to include bank holidays as part of an employees statutory annual leave.

Employees who work a 5-day week must receive at least 28-days paid leave a year (5.6 weeks) whilst part-time entitlement varies slightly:

  • if a part-time employee works 3 days, they're entitled to 16.8 days (3 x 5.6)

People working irregular hours are entitled to paid time of work for the hours they work. Both the and websites have calculators for employees wanting to work out entitlement. Entitlement includes the employee right to:

  • accrue holiday entitlement during maternity, paternity and adoption leave;

  • accrue holiday entitlement whilst absent from work due to sickness, and;

  • request to use already accrued holiday at the same time as sick leave.

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