Should I get paid double for working bank holidays?

Often an employer will pay staff a higher wage for working on bank holidays, but there is no legal requirement to do so, and there is no formula saying how much more you should be paid for working any given hours. Any extra payment is up to your employer to offer, and to state in your contract when you agree to take the job. If you and your colleagues want to secure higher pay for working anti-social hours, you should open negotiations with your employer (preferably with the assistance of a union).

However if your employer has regularly offered this in the past, such that it has become 'custom and practice', and they are now refusing to honour that norm, it could count as a breach of contract. Consult your union rep if you have one, or seek individual legal advice if you think this might be the case.

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.