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How do I work out my holiday entitlement?

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The United Kingdom calculates paid holidays for employees based on the statutory minimum of 5.6 weeks or 28 days. This is a proportional calculation for part-time roles and roles with reduced hours.

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Part-time employees who work for a set number of days per week receive days off equal to 5.6 times the number of days per week worked each calendar year. Those who work irregular hours need to use a calculator such as the one provided on the U.K. government's website to calculate the exact amount due them.

Employers sometimes grant employees additional leave as part of their contract conditions, according to the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service, or ACAS. This is set out in the initial contract of employment along with any restrictions connected to booking and taking leave. Workers who start or leave partway through the year have to use a proportional formula to calculate their entitlement to both statutory and employer-granted leave for the period they worked. A calculator for figuring this out is available on the U.K. government's website.

Although an employer must allow the employee 5.6 weeks' worth of paid holiday each year, employees who do not take advantage of their full allowance do not necessarily get to carry over the unused portion, notes ACAS. Employees must therefore use all of their holiday allowance within the correct time frame.

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