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Employment Law

Holiday Entitlement

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 week’s 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.

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. If you believe that your rights to leave and pay are not being met by your employer, contact our expert employment team on 0191 281 6151.

For a responsive, commercially aware, friendly service contact:

Nick Smith

Partner, Head of Employment

T: 0191 212

Nick Smith goes above and beyond his remit in dealing with his clients in a very personable way. We have found this approach and the quality of advice absolutely invaluable in what is a very complicated area and would have no hesitation in recommending the firm and Nick in particular to another firm or individual.
Legal 500, 2024

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