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Bank Holidays 2018…Dates And Your Rights

With 4 bank holidays soon, 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. 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

Good Friday        30th March

Easter Monday   2nd April

Early May Bank Holiday  7th May

Spring Bank Holiday 28th May

Summer Bank Holiday 27th August

Christmas Day 25th December


Good Friday  30th March

Early May Bank Holiday 7th May

Early Spring Bank Holiday 28th May

Summer Bank Holiday 6th August

St Andrew’s Day 30th November

Christmas Day 25th December

Boxing Day 26th December

Northern Ireland

Good Friday 30th March

Easter Monday 2nd April

Early May Bank Holiday 7th May

Spring Bank Holiday 28th May

Battle of the Boyne 12th July

August Bank Holiday 27th August

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.



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