Statutory holiday entitlement
All employees in the UK are entitled by law to 5.6 weeks holiday per annum. For a full-time employee that is 28 paid days off per year, of which 4 weeks is standard leave and 1.6 (or 160% of the working week) is 8 of the bank holidays.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Before the introduction of the change to statutory holiday in April 2009, many families had been giving their nannies all bank holidays as paid days off, and if this is the case the nanny’s statutory entitlement will remain at 5.6 weeks. Not 5.6 weeks plus 8 bank holidays.
If you work part-time and wish to calculate your pro-rata holiday entitlement, you simply multiply the number of days you work per week by 5.6. So, for example if you work 3 days per week, you would multiply 3 by 5.6 which means you are entitled to a total of 16.8 days per year.
If you are working in a temporary position, you will still accrue holiday. In order to calculate entitlement for temporary employment simply divide 28 (the total number of days you would be entitled to if you were working the whole year) with 52 (the total number of weeks in a year). Then multiply the answer with the number of weeks you have been contracted to work for.
For example if you are working 5 days per week, for 12 weeks, the calculation would be:
28/52 * 12 = 6.5 days holiday
In addition to holiday entitlement, the Working Time Regulations, the UK interpretation of the European Working Time Directive, also grants all employees the following statutory rights:
- Rest breaks
- Nannies and all other domestic employees are however exempt from the measures concerning working hours