Under the Working Time Regulations all employees are entitled to annual leave. Full time workers have a statutory entitlement of at least 5.6 weeks’ paid annual leave (which equates to 28 days for someone working five days a week).
An employer can specify when holiday should be taken and whether Bank Holidays are included in the entitlement. There is a minimum right to paid holiday, but an employer may offer more than this.
Part-time workers are entitled to the same level of holiday pro rata (so 5.6 times their usual working week, e.g. 22.4 days for someone working four days a week).
Employees start building up annual leave entitlement from the first day of employment and are paid at their normal rate for holiday leave. Employees also are entitled to receive a payment for untaken accrued statutory holiday when they leave your employment.
If an employee works over five days a week, their annual leave entitlement may be capped at 28 days per year. However, you can offer contractual leave above this amount if you wish.
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