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All employees are entitled to 5.6 weeks annual holiday, which is 28 days for a person who works a five day week. People who work part time are also entitled to 5.6 weeks holiday every year, but this is calculated on a pro rata basis. A part time employee would basically receive 5.6 times their average working week. For instance, if a part time employee works a four day week, they will be entitled to 22.4 days each year.

The statutory minimum holidays are 5.6 weeks, but this is capped so if a person works a six day week they won’t receive more holidays. Public and bank holidays can count as part of the statutory holidays, as long as the employees are paid for these days. Of course, an employer can offer more days holiday each year than the statutory minimum, as long as part time workers receive the same holidays on a pro rata basis.

Although an employer is obliged by law to allow the statutory minimum holidays, they can control when those holidays are taken and set their own rules for holidays which are above the minimum number. There is no statutory right to paid bank holidays and public holidays. If an employer provides paid bank or public holidays, they can count those days towards the statutory entitlement. If you are part time and your employer gives additional time off for public and bank holidays, you should be given the same amount of bank holidays on a pro rata basis, even if the bank or public holiday falls on a day when you wouldn’t usually work.

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