If you are in the United Kingdom, then you are legally entitled to holiday pay. On this page, we are going to run you through some of the laws related to holiday entitlement, as well as point you in the right direction with regards to how you can calculate holiday entitlement.
Laws in the United Kingdom
Each year, you are legally entitled to 5.6 weeks of paid annual leave. If you are working a full 5 days a week, then you will be entitled to 28 days away from work. However, in many cases it is possible that your employer may offer more than this.
If you are a part time worker, then you are still entitled to holiday pay. We will teach you how to go about calculating this in the next section.
You will be able to start accumulating holiday pay as soon as you start to work. There is no ‘minimum’ that you will need to work before you start to receive holiday entitlement although, of course, you will probably want to work a while so that you can build up a substantial amount of time so you can take a ton off at once.
Contrary to popular belief, your employer can tell you when you can take your holiday. In most industries this is probably not going to matter too much. You will be able to take your holiday whenever you want. However, in other industries, perhaps if you work in the education sector, then there may be set times throughout the year where you will be given time off. It stops you interrupting the work situation. Your employer is, legally, able to stop you from taking your holiday even when it is booked. However, it is unlikely that they will do this as it will interfere with morale.
In addition to this, it is also worth noting that bank and public holidays can be included in your entitlement. So, if you are not working on Christmas Day, then this will come off your yearly holiday entitlement. However, you should remember that you are getting paid for that day so it should not be that much of an issue.
If you have maternity leave, paternity leave, or adoption leave, then you will continue to accumulate holiday pay at the same rate.
Finally, if you leave a job, you will be entitled to any holiday pay that you have yet to receive. So, for example, if you leave a job and you have 4 days holiday that you have not taken, the employer will need to pay you for it.
So for businesses this can all be hard to keep track of and so it’s great that there are online services which help a lot.
How do you calculate your holiday pay?
It is simple! You just multiply the number of days that you work per week by 5.6. So, this is how much holiday entitlement you will be able to receive:
- 1 day: 5.6 days per year (although your employer will probably round this up)
- 2 days: 11.2 days per year
- 3 days: 16.8 days per year
- 4 days: 22.4 days per year
- 5 days: 28 days per year
- 6 days: 33.6 days per year
- 7 days: 39.2 days per year.