Holidays

Most workers have the right to take a minimum amount of paid holiday. This is called statutory holiday.

You have the right to take statutory paid holiday from work if you are a worker. This includes people who work full-time, part-time, agency workers and casual workers. Only people who are self-employed and a few other exceptions will not be entitled to statutory paid holiday (the armed forces, the police, the civil protection services).

The rules about statutory holiday apply regardless of how long you have worked for your employer.

Your contract of employment may give you the right to take more than the statutory amount of paid holiday but it can’t give you less. If your contract gives you the right to take more than the statutory amount of paid holiday, this is called contractual holiday. The law doesn’t say how much contractual holiday you should get, or whether or not it should be paid.

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