Posts from February 2018

Two of the busiest times of the year for employee holiday requests are Easter and the school Summer Holidays. With the first of those, Easter, coming up at the end of March this year, now is a good time to look at the rights of employees and the obligations of employers for annual leave. 
 
How much holiday are my employees entitled to? 
 
Most workers in the UK are legally entitled to 5.6 weeks of paid annual leave. A week’s annual leave is considered to be the same amount of time as the employee’s working week. 
 
For example: 
• An employee working a five day week is entitled to 5 x 5.6 = 28 days leave. 
• An employee working a three day week is entitled to 3 x 5.6 = 16.8 days leave. 
• The statutory entitlement is capped at 28 days. An employee working a 6 day week is only entitled to the maximum of 28 days leave. 
 
Paid public holidays can be counted as part of the 5.6 weeks of holiday entitlement as there is no legal right to be paid for public holidays. 
 
How much holiday pay do I need to pay my employees? 
 
Employees with fixed working hours receive holiday pay based on a week of normal pay. So they receive the same amount for a week’s holiday as they would do for a normal week of work. 
 
Employees on different working patterns are still entitled to receive holiday pay based on a week of normal pay. 
 
• For employees working shifts, a week’s holiday pay is calculated on the average number of hours worked in the preceding 12 weeks at their average hourly rate. 
• If an employee has a casual or zero hours contract with no normal working hours, their holiday pay is calculated on the average pay received over the previous 12 weeks in which they were paid.