Annual Leave


The Working Time Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1998 (as amended) (the Regulations) set down the minimum annual leave provisions for workers although some employers may provide more generous contractual holidays. The Regulations apply to all workers whether employed on a full-time or part-time basis, temporary or permanent contract and to agency workers and freelancers.

Under the Regulations, workers have the right to:

  • • 5.6 weeks’ paid leave each year (from 1 April 2009)
  • • receive a payment for untaken statutory leave entitlement on termination of employment.

Statutory annual leave entitlement will be capped at 28 days. Workers who already receive contractual leave which is 28 days or more are not entitled to an increase as a result of the increases from 1 April 2009

The provisions in the Regulations on holidays and holiday pay do not, at present, apply to workers in the armed forces or police or parts of the civil protection services where their activities conflict with the statutory entitlement to paid annual leave.

The 5.6 weeks may or may not include bank and public holidays.

Bank and Public Holidays – United Kingdom

2011 2012
New Year’s Day 3 January 2 January
Good Friday 22 April 6 April
Easter Monday 25 April 9 April
Early May Bank Holiday 2 May 7 May
Spring Bank Holiday 30 May 4 June
Summer Bank Holiday 30 August 27 August
Christmas Day 26 December 25 December
Boxing Day 27 December 26 December

29 April 2011 has been declared a holiday for the Royal Wedding

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