What minimum rest period should there be between each working day?

Most adult workers covered by the Working Time Regulations are entitled to a rest from work of at least 11 hours in every 24 hours. However, in some cases (e.g. where continuous staffing is required such as in hospitals, care homes and prisons) the rest break can be delayed as long as compensatory rest is allowed later on.

Young workers aged 16 and 17 are entitled to 12 uninterrupted hours in each 24 hour period in which they work.

Some workers (including seafarers, air cabin crew, drivers and mobile rail workers) are covered by different rules on working time.

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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