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Paid annual leave is a worker’s legal right that must be upheld by employers and failure to do so can result in an employment tribunal claim.

Most workers (an individual who has a contract to provide work or services for a reward, where the employer is not a customer or client) are entitled to at least 5.6 weeks’ paid holiday a year; usually 28 days for those who work 5 days per week.

This includes:

  • agency workers
  • workers with irregular hours
  • workers on zero-hours contracts

Part-time workers are entitled to at least 5.6 weeks paid holiday but this will be fewer than 28 days. For example, if a part-time employee works 3 days per week, they are legally entitled to at least 16.8 days’ paid holiday a year (3×5.6).

Bank and public holidays do not have to be given as paid leave and employers can include them as part of statutory annual leave.

To speak to a member of our employment team call 0191 281 6151 or email Nick Smith, head of employment law on

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