Holidays and holiday pay in Northern Ireland

All employees, full-time, part-time, temporary or casual earn annual leave entitlements from the time they start work.

Your employer determines the timing of your annual leave, taking into consideration work and personal requirements and should consult you or your union in advance. Pay for the leave must be given in advance and calculated at the normal weekly rate.

Source: Citizens Adivce Bureau – Advice Guide

Although there are some exceptions, most workers have the right to take 5.6 weeks’ paid holiday from work.

To work out how many days paid statutory holiday you can take a year, you need to multiply 5.6 by the number of days you work in a week.

For example:

  • if you work a five-day week, you are entitled to 28 days’ paid holiday a year (5.6 X 5).
  • if you work 2.5 days a week, you are entitled to 14 days’ paid holiday a year (5.6 X 2.5).

The maximum amount of statutory paid holiday you can be entitled to is 28 days in one leave year. This applies even if you work more than five days a week.

Although many workers are given time off work on bank and public holidays, your employer is not required by law to allow you time off work on these days. And if they do give you the time off, they do not have to pay you for this time off. However, your contract of employment may give you the right to time off work on bank and public holidays. If so, it will also specify whether this time off will be paid or not.

If your employer gives you bank or public holidays off, they will count towards your statutory holiday unless your employment contract specifically says that you get bank or public holidays on top of your statutory holiday.

For further information please visit www.adviceguide.org.uk – Bank and public holidays

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