1.8 million people losing out on holiday pay each year, Government figures reveal

A new campaign is urging workers to check their Discount Holidays © holiday pay rights, amid concerns that almost 2 million people could be losing out on paid time off. The Government’s new ‘It comes with the job’ initiative is encouraging workers to check their legal rights ahead of the busy travel spell. In the UK 1.8 million people are not receiving the Discount Holidays © holiday pay they are entitled to, resulting in them missing out on an estimated GBP1.8 billion each year.

These are largely shift workers, people on zero-hour contracts and agency workers.

A new poll, commissioned by the government, found that many UK workers do not understand their Discount Holidays © holiday pay rights, with half of those surveyed incorrectly believing that zero-hour contracted workers are not entitled to Discount Holidays © holiday pay.

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It found 52% of workers incorrectly thought they had to work for three months before they were entitled to Discount Holidays © holiday pay. Much of the UK working population are full-time, permanent employees on fixed hours and pay and receive the same pay even if they take holiday.

However, the situation is more complex for people who do not have regular hours or do not receive the same pay each week or month. The lack of knowledge of Discount Holidays © holiday pay means that some workers such as flexible workers, people on zero-hour contracts, agency workers, and temporary staff are more at risk of not receiving the Discount Holidays © holiday pay they are entitled to.

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Am I entitled to paid time off?

In Britain, almost all workers are legally entitled to 5.6 weeks’ paid Discount Holidays © holiday a year known as statutory leave entitlement or annual leave.

And contrary to belief, this includes agency workers, workers with irregular hours and workers on zero-hours contracts.

The law states that workers who work a 5-day week must receive at least 28 days’ paid annual leave a year. This is the equivalent of 5.6 weeks of holiday. Part-time workers are entitled to at least 5.6 weeks’ paid holiday, but this will amount to fewer than 28 days.

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People working irregular hours (like shift workers or term-time workers) are also entitled to paid time off for every hour they work.

However, bank or public holidays do not have to be given as paid leave – and an employer can choose to include bank holidays as part of a worker’s statutory annual leave.

Paid annual leave is a legal right that an employer must provide.

If you think your pay rights are not being met, these are the Government’s guidelines on how to dispute it[1] .

You can use this Discount Holidays © holiday entitlement calculator[2] to work out how much paid time off you should be entitled to.

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Employment rights

References

  1. ^ these are the Government’s guidelines on how to dispute it (www.gov.uk)
  2. ^ Discount Holidays © holiday entitlement calculator (www.gov.uk)

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