You should find your entitlement to holidays per year and holiday pay set out in your contract of employment.
Not everyone gets the same amount of holidays. Some employers allow more holidays than others.
There is a basic minimum entitlement, however, which comes from the Working Time Regulations 1998. It is presently 5.6 weeks’ annual holidays, which includes statutory and public holidays.
In other words, your holiday entitlement can be calculated by multiplying the number of days you work by 5.6 weeks. So, if you work five days a week, you get 28 days’ holiday a year. You should receive full pay during your annual leave.
Other factors to take into account
You need to note a few other things which complicate the position a bit:
- Your employer can choose to include bank holidays in your annual leave.
- Statutory leave entitlement is limited to five working days; in other words, if you work six days a week, you will still only be allowed to take 28 days.
- Your employer can offer you more holidays if they choose to do so, though you may have to have worked in your job for a certain length of time before you get this benefit.
- If you start your job in the middle of the year, you will only be entitled to a percentage of the annual entitlement to cover the remainder of the year.
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