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What about holiday pay?

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There is a minimum right to ‘paid holiday’, but your employer may offer more than this. The main things you should know about holiday rights are:


  • You are entitled to a minimum of 5.6 weeks paid annual leave (28 days for someone working five days a week);
  • Part-time workers are entitled to the same level of holiday pro rata (so 5.6 times your usual working week, eg 22.4 days for someone working four days a week);
  • You start building up holiday as soon as you start work;
  • Your employer can control when you take your holiday;
  • You get paid your normal pay for your holiday;
  • When you finish a job, you get paid for any holiday you have not taken;
  • Bank and public holidays can be included in your minimum entitlement;
  • You continue to be entitled to your holiday leave throughout your ordinary and additional maternity leave and paternity and adoption leave;

Public and Bank Holidays
Public and Bank are state holidays. You do not have a statutory right to be paid ‘leave’ on bank and public holidays. If paid leave is given on a bank or public holiday, this can count towards your minimum holiday entitlement.

If you work on a bank or public holiday, there is no automatic right to an enhanced pay rate. What you get paid depends on your contract of employment. 

If you're not getting your full holiday entitlement, speak to your employer. If you have a trade union official you can ask for their help. If this doesn't help, you can complain to an Industrial Tribunal.

The permanent Bank & Public Holidays in NI are:
1st Jan ; New Years Day
17th March  St Patrick’s Day      
Good Friday & Easter Monday                           
1st Mon of May:  May Bank Holiday  
last Monday in May :Spring Bank Holiday
12th July 
last Monday in August  Summer Bank Holiday  
25th & 26th Dec Christmas day & Boxing Day.