Public holidays in the UK and UK bank holidays tend to be the same each year. This year there are no additional public holidays unlike 2012 with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
|New Year’s Day||Tuesday 1 January|
|Good Friday||Friday 29 March|
|Easter Monday||Monday 1 April|
|Early May Bank Holiday||Monday 6 May|
|Spring Bank Holiday||Monday 27 May|
|Summer Bank Holiday||Monday 26 August|
|Christmas Day||Wednesday 25 December|
|Boxing Day||Thursday 26 December|
Holidays for staff in the UK: the rules
As from 1 April 2009, full-time workers in the UK are entitled to a statutory minimum of 5.6 weeks’ holiday in a leave year. For someone on a five-day week, that’s 28 days paid holiday annually. Those 28 days can include bank holidays. For part-time workers, holiday is calculated on a pro-rata basis. Of course, an employer can offer more than 28 days.
For UK statutory purposes, paid holiday is capped at 28 days: even if someone works a six-day week, they are entitled to no more than 28 days of paid leave. Employees are entitled to holiday leave from the first day of their employment.
Paid holiday entitlements need to be included in workers’ contracts of employment.
UK Holiday pay
For every week of holiday they take, employees must be paid a week’s earnings. This is worked out according to the sort of work they do: fixed hours and pay; variable hours and pay; and shift work, for example. UK employees are entitled to their holiday pay at the time they actually take their holiday. (more…)