Essential points

  • The minimum amount of annual leave which an employer must provide to a full-time worker is currently 28 days a year (or 5.6 weeks).
  • The rules extend to employees and all workers covered by the Working Time Regulations 1998, including agency workers.
  • There is a limited ability to carry leave over the four-week ‘European minimum’ from one holiday year to the next.
  • Employers should ensure that holiday pay takes commission, overtime, bonuses and other allowances into account.
  • Bank or public holidays including Christmas and Easter can be counted towards the annual holiday.

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