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Temporary Workers Handbook
Holiday

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Holiday Entitlement

Under the Working Time Regulations 1998 you are entitled to 5.6 weeks (for a 5 day week this is 28 days) annual leave including bank holidays if you work full-time in an assignment over the year. If you work part time, this amount is pro rata.

Your holiday begins accruing from your first working day. The accrual rate is based on your average hours in a working week and a day rate based on your average earnings.

As an agency worker your hours and pay may vary considerably over time. Here are 3 different shift scenarios showing what your holiday entitlement would be in a 12-month period for each:

  1. Your shifts are always the same length - regardless of which day or what time of day each shift falls on. In this scenario, you are entitled to the lower of the two:
    • 6 weeks x average shifts per week, or
    • 28 days’ worth of shifts

  2. Your shifts differ in length but the hours per week you work are the same. In this scenario, you are entitled to the lower of the two:
    • 6 x average days worked per week (average day = hours worked per week ÷ days worked per week), or
    • 28 average days

  3. Your shifts differ in length and the hours you work per week differ. In this scenario you are entitled to:
    • 6 x average days/hours worked a week

All holiday accrued should be taken within a year of your start date and should not be carried over to the following year.

When requesting holidays, you will be required to complete a holiday request form or request by e-mail. You must give at least one week's notice. For further details speak to your line manager or your consultant. 

Holiday Pay

Your holiday pay will be based on a week’s pay. Here’s how we calculate that:

A week’s pay = the average of all earnings in the previous 52 weeks, or the number of complete weeks you have been employed (if less than 52 weeks). A day rate is then calculated based on your average weekly hours.

Working for HR GO: Holiday

Holiday Entitlement

Under the Working Time Regulations 1998 you are entitled to 5.6 weeks (for a 5 day week this is 28 days) annual leave including bank holidays if you work full-time in an assignment over the year. If you work part time, this amount is pro rata.

Your holiday begins accruing from your first working day. The accrual rate is based on your average hours in a working week and a day rate based on your average earnings.

As an agency worker your hours and pay may vary considerably over time. Here are 3 different shift scenarios showing what your holiday entitlement would be in a 12-month period for each:

  1. Your shifts are always the same length - regardless of which day or what time of day each shift falls on. In this scenario, you are entitled to the lower of the two:
    • 6 weeks x average shifts per week, or
    • 28 days’ worth of shifts

  2. Your shifts differ in length but the hours per week you work are the same. In this scenario, you are entitled to the lower of the two:
    • 6 x average days worked per week (average day = hours worked per week ÷ days worked per week), or
    • 28 average days

  3. Your shifts differ in length and the hours you work per week differ. In this scenario you are entitled to:
    • 6 x average days/hours worked a week

All holiday accrued should be taken within a year of your start date and should not be carried over to the following year.

When requesting holidays, you will be required to complete a holiday request form or request by e-mail. You must give at least one week's notice. For further details speak to your line manager or your consultant. 

Holiday Pay

Your holiday pay will be based on a week’s pay. Here’s how we calculate that:

A week’s pay = the average of all earnings in the previous 52 weeks, or the number of complete weeks you have been employed (if less than 52 weeks). A day rate is then calculated based on your average weekly hours.