Statutory holiday entitlement for workers (who work a five-day week) is 28 days’ paid holiday a year.

Statutory holiday requirements are governed by the Working Time Regulations 1998 (WTR). The entitlement is a minimum only and, in practice, many employers choose to give greater holiday entitlements. Workers do not need any minimum period of continuous service in order to qualify for the right to statutory holiday.

This topic looks at statutory holiday entitlement, including accrual of holiday in the first year of employment and carrying over holiday entitlements, as well as what should be included in a holiday policy and procedure.

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