Holiday Entitlement

The statutory holiday entitlement is changing. The holiday entitlement increased to 4.8 weeks (24 days if you work a five day week) from 1 October 2007 and will further increase to 5.6 weeks (28 days if you work a five day week) from 1 April 2009, pro-rata for those working part-time. The holiday entitlement is inclusive of bank holidays. If you already receive paid time off for bank holidays in addition to your four week holiday entitlement your holiday entitlement has not increased.

An easy to use tool to help calculate the new leave allowance is available on the Business Link web-site -  see External Links. Under Related Links are a variety of Frequently Asked Questions and templates for employers to inform staff of the increase.

These proposals relate to England, Wales and Scotland. The Department for Employment and Learning in Northern Ireland is bringing forward proposals for Northern Ireland.

Guidance for employers on how to implement the increase is also available on the Business Link web-site. Guidance for workers is available at Directgov. Links to these web-sites can be found under External Links.

The Government response to the further consultation and the consultation documents are available on this web-page. A final and updated version of the Regulatory Impact Assessment (see Related Documents) contains a detailed analysis of the costs and benefits of the increase in the holiday entitlement.