Bank Holiday Entitlements

What bank holidays am I entitled to?

From March 2022, there are 10 public holidays per year. Sometimes you will hear these being referred to as ‘bank holidays.’

Full-time employees who work or are normally rostered to work the public holiday are entitled to either an extra day’s pay, a paid day off on that day or within a month of that day or an additional day of annual leave. Part-time workers are also entitled to this but only if they have worked at least 40 hours in the 5 weeks leading up to the day of the public holiday.

I was out sick during a bank holiday, now what happens?

You are entitled to benefit for the bank holiday as per one of the following:

  • A paid day off on the public holiday
  • An additional day of annual leave
  • An additional day’s pay
  • A paid day off within a month of the public holiday

If you are a part-time worker, you are entitled to benefit for the public holiday, provided you worked for your employer for at least 40 hours in the previous five-week period.

Are there times when I cannot benefit from a public holiday?

You are not entitled to benefit from a public holiday under the following circumstances:

  • You have been out for more than 26 consecutive weeks.
  • You have been out for more than 52 weeks due to an occupational accident.
  • You are absent immediately before the public holiday.