How do I work out my holiday entitlement?

If you are an employee, your contract of employment should specify your entitlement to annual holidays. This can only be the same as, or better than, the legal minimum explained below.

The law gives all workers, including part-time workers, agency workers and 'zero-hours' contract workers, a minimum annual leave entitlement of 5.6 weeks from their first day of employment.

You can work out how many days off you should get by multiplying the number of days you work each week by 5.6.

For example, workers who are contracted to work five days a week must get at least 28 days off a year (i.e. 5 days x 5.6) including public holidays. If you are contracted to work three days a week, your leave entitlement will be 16.8 days off a year (i.e. 3 days x 5.6).

Many people have contractual entitlements that are much better than the statutory minimum. The average GB full-time worker gets 25 days of annual leave plus eight bank holidays. Trade union members tend to do better than those who aren't members. Comparing like-for-like across occupations, industries, and public and private sectors, the average union member gets two days more leave per annum than comparable non-members.

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.

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