SAVVY workers can bag 54 days of holiday in 2022 by taking just 22 days of annual leave by making the most of the Bank Holiday weekends.
It comes as Buckingham Palace today confirmed Brits will get an extra day off next year to celebrate the Queen’s 70 years on the throne.
The bonus Bank Holiday falls on Friday June 3, and with the late May Bank Holiday being pushed to June 2, it mean Brits can bag nine days off work by taking just three days of annual leave.
Now that the Bank Holiday’s have been confirmed, The Sun can reveal how you can get 54 days off work with just 22 days of annual leave.
The first Bank Holiday of the year falls on Monday January 3, as New Year’s Day occurs on a Saturday in 2022.
But if you take January 4, 5, 6, and 7 off on annual leave, you’ll be left with nine days on paid leave in total, including the weekends.
Next year, the long Easter weekend falls in April, with Good Friday being April 15 and Easter Monday on April 18.
That means if you take four days of annual leave on April 19, 20, 21, and 22, then you’l bag 10 days out of the office.
The early May Bank Holiday is on the second of the month, so if you use four days of annual leave to take the rest of the week off, you’ll have another nine days straight off work.
Thanks to the Queen’s jubilee celebrations, Brits get to enjoy another four day weekend in June,
The late May Bank Holiday has been pushed back to Thursday June 2, while the extra Bank Holiday has been scheduled for Friday June 3.
Employees can get another nine days of holiday, including two weekends, by taking three days off work – May 30 and 31, and June 1.
Staff who take off August 30 and 31, as well as September 1 and 2, will get another nine days paid leave thanks to the Bank Holiday on August 29.
Holiday pay – what happens if you can’t take holiday
HERE’S what options you have if you’re unable to take holiday.
When can your boss deny your holiday request?
As a general rule you need to give your boss a notice period of twice the amount of time you are taking for your holiday.
For example if you request five days of holiday you have to provide a minimum of ten days’ notice.
Your boss can force you to take holiday at certain times of year like Christmas and New Year or bank holidays when your workplace may be closed.
Companies can also set limits on how many days in a row you can take off to stop just taking a whole month off at once.
My boss won’t let me take any of the dates off that I have suggested
See how much time off the people you work with have taken off as well as how far in advance they let their boss know they were going to take time off.
See if they got similar treatment or if you are being unfairly treated.
You have a statutory right to your holiday and if you feel that is being infringed upon you can go to court.
Before you make a claim you need to talk to the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas).
They will try one last time to reconcile the issue, and if that fails they will give you guidance on how to make an employment tribunal claim
How do I calculate my holiday entitlement?
You can use this tool to calculate your holiday entitlement depending on your work status.
In 2022, Christmas Day falls on a Sunday meaning Tuesday December 27 will be a delayed Bank Holiday, on top of Boxing Day on Monday December 26.
Employees who take the three working days off between Christmas and New Year will bag 10 days off the job, although two of these will be January 1 and 2 in 2023.
In total, that’s 54 days off work, excluding the two days in 2023, by using just 22 days of annual leave.
It’s worth noting your boss doesn’t have to agree to your holiday request though.
Alan Price, CEO of human resources consultancy BrightHR warned: “One common misconception many employees have is that they can take annual leave whenever they want.
“This isn’t the case and employers can set a maximum cap on the number of employees that are on leave at the same time to ensure there is adequate cover.
“If a request for leave is made which would breach those rules, employers can deny the request.”
He added that it’s key employees get any holiday request approved before parting with their cash when booking a trip away.
Of course, this hack will only work if you’re not contracted to work on Bank Holidays or weekends.
That’s because employees don’t have statutory rights to take off Bank Holidays of work.
Full-time workers in the UK are entitled to 28 days paid leave a year, including Bank Holidays, while some offer them on top of their quota.
You can figure out how many days holiday you are entitled to by taking the amount of days a week you work and multiplying that number by 5.6.
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Whether or not you’re required to work Bank Holidays or weekends will be outlined in your contract of employment you will have signed when you started your job.
The Queen’s 70th jubilee will mark the first time any British monarch has reached this historic milestone and the Palace today revealed that it will be celebrated in style.
Queen Elizabeth II’s reign began on February 6, 1952, with her coronation taking place on June 2 the following year.