Here are the rules concerning pay and time off.
UK Bank Holidays and how they affect you as an employee can be confusing, and some of them are coming up soon. So here we have laid out all the relevant dates for this year and next year. You can check if you have already been given the correct time off, and know the rest of this year’s Bank Holidays.
England and Wales
Summer Bank Holiday – Monday 27th August
Christmas Day – Tuesday 25th December
Boxing Day – Wednesday 26th December
New Year’s Day – Tuesday 1st January
Good Friday – Friday 19th April
Easter Monday – Monday 22nd April
Early May Bank Holiday – Monday 6th May
Spring Bank Holiday – Monday 27th May
Summer Bank Holiday – Monday 26th August
Christmas Day – Wednesday 25th December
Boxing Day – Thursday 26th December
However, you need to be aware that your employer does not have to give you paid leave on Bank or Public Holidays. They can choose to include them as part of you statutory annual leave, You may need to check your contract of employment to see you entitlements.
So what happens when a Bank Holiday falls on a weekend? Well, when that happens, a ‘substitute’ weekday becomes a bank holiday, normally the following Monday.
The following explains your holiday (statutory leave entitlement) according to the hours and days you work.
Full time workers are legally entitled to 5.6 weeks paid holiday per year (known as Statutory Leave Entitlement or annual leave)
Working 5 days a week
Most workers who work a 5 day week must receive at least 28 days paid annual leave per year. This is the equivalent of 5.6 weeks of holiday.
Working part time
Part time workers get less paid holiday thank full-time workers. They’re entitled to at least 5.6 weeks of paid holiday but this amounts to fewer than 28 days because they work fewer hours per week.