UK Bank Holiday

UK Bank Holiday

Upcoming bank holidays in England and Wales

In the United Kingdom and Ireland, a public holiday on which the banks are closed. A bank holiday is generally not a major holiday such as Christmas Day (although, the banks are indeed closed on these holidays), but instead a day that would otherwise be a non-holiday. For example, the first Monday in May is considered a bank holiday, and banks along with many other businesses close for the day.

In the United States, the temporary closing of a bank in the event that its obligations exceed its resources.

Almost all workers are legally entitled to 5.6 weeks’ paid holiday per year (known as statutory leave entitlement or annual leave). An employer can include bank holidays as part of statutory annual leave.

Working 5 days a week

Most workers who work a 5-day week must receive at least 28 days’ paid annual leave per year. This is the equivalent of 5.6 weeks of holiday.

Working part-time

Part-time workers get less paid holiday than full-time workers. They’re entitled to at least 5.6 weeks of paid holiday but this amounts to fewer than 28 days because they work fewer hours per week.

Use the holiday entitlement calculator to work out a part-time worker’s leave.

Irregular hours

People working irregular hours - for example, shift work or term-time work - need to calculate their leave entitlement for irregular hours.

Limits on statutory leave

Statutory paid holiday entitlement is limited to 28 days. For example, staff working 6 days a week are only entitled to 28 days’ paid holiday.

Bank holidays

Bank or public holidays do not have to be given as paid leave.

An employer can choose to include bank holidays as part of a worker’s statutory annual leave.

Extra leave

An employer can choose to offer more leave than the legal minimum. They don’t have to apply all the rules that apply to statutory leave to the extra leave. For example, a worker might need to be employed for a certain amount of time before they become entitled to it.

Other aspects of holiday entitlement

Workers have the right to:

  • get paid for leave
  • build up (‘accrue’) holiday entitlement during maternity, paternity and adoption leave
  • build up holiday entitlement while off work sick
  • request holiday at the same time as sick leave

Disputes

Paid annual leave is a legal right that an employer must provide. If a worker thinks their right to leave and pay are not being met there are a number of ways to resolve the dispute.

more information about holiday entitlement

Find your child’s school term, half term and holiday dates on your local council’s website.

School term and holiday dates vary across the UK.

School term and holiday dates

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Bank holidays in England and Wales

The next bank holiday in England and Wales is

25 December 2018 - Tuesday
Christmas Day

Wikipedia source: A bank holiday is a colloquial term for a public holiday in the United Kingdom, some Commonwealth countries, Hong Kong and the Republic of Ireland. There is no automatic right to time off on these days, although banks close and the majority of the working population is granted time off work or extra pay for working on these days, depending on their contract.[1] The first official bank holidays were the four days named in the Bank Holidays Act 1871, but today the term is colloquially used for Good Friday and Christmas Day which were already public holidays under common law and therefore not official bank holidays in England, Wales and Northern Ireland

History of Bank Holiday in the UK
Until 1834, the Bank of England observed about 33 saints' days and religious festivals as holidays, but in that year this was reduced to four: 1 May (May Day), 1 November (All Saints' Day), Good Friday and Christmas Day. In 1871, the first legislation relating to bank holidays was passed when Liberal politician and banker Sir John Lubbock introduced the Bank Holidays Act 1871, which specified the days in the table below. Under the Act, no person was compelled to make any payment or to do any act upon a bank holiday which he would not be compelled to do or make on Christmas Day or Good Friday, and the making of a payment or the doing of an act on the following day was equivalent to doing it on the holiday. The English people were so thankful that some called the first Bank Holidays St Lubbock's Days for a while. Scotland was treated separately because of its separate traditions: for example, New Year is a more important holiday there.
2017 UK Bank Holidays England and Wales
28 May Monday Spring bank holiday
25 December Monday Christmas Day
26 December Tuesday Boxing Day
2018 UK Bank Holidays England and Wales
1 January Monday New Year's Day
30 March Friday Good Friday
2 April Monday Easter Monday
7 May Monday Early May bank holiday
28 May Monday Spring bank holiday
27 August Monday Summer bank holiday
25 December Tuesday Christmas Day
26 December Wednesday Boxing Day
2019 UK Bank Holidays England and Wales
1 January Tuesday New Year's Day
19 April Friday Good Friday
22 April Monday Easter Monday
6 May Monday Early May bank holiday
27 May Monday Spring bank holiday
26 August Monday Summer bank holiday
25 December Wednesday Christmas Day
26 December Thursday Boxing Day

Bank holidays in Scotland

The next bank holiday in Scotland

25 December 2018 - Tuesday
Christmas Day
2017 UK Bank Holidays in Scotland
30 November Thursday St Andrew's Day
25 December Monday Christmas Day
26 December Tuesday Boxing Day
2018 UK Bank Holidays in Scotland
1 January Monday New Year's Day
2 January Tuesday 2nd January
30 March Friday Good Friday
7 May Monday Early May bank holiday
28 May Monday Spring bank holiday
6 August Monday Summer bank holiday
30 November Friday St Andrew's Day
25 December Tuesday Christmas Day
26 December Wednesday Boxing Day
2019 UK Bank Holidays in Scotland
1 January Tuesday New Year's Day
2 January Wednesday 2nd January
19 April Friday Good Friday
6 May Monday Early May bank holiday
27 May Monday Spring bank holiday
5 August Monday Summer bank holiday
2 December Monday St Andrew's Day (substitute day)
25 December Wednesday Christmas Day
26 December Thursday Boxing Day

Bank holidays in Northern Ireland

The next bank holiday in Northern Ireland

25 December 2018 - Tuesday
Christmas Day
2017 UK Bank Holidays Northern Ireland
28 August Monday Summer bank holiday
25 December Monday Christmas Day
26 December Tuesday Boxing Day
2018 UK Bank Holidays in Northern Ireland
1 January Monday New Year's Day
19 March Monday St Patrick's Day (substitute day)
30 March Friday Good Friday
2 April Monday Easter Monday
7 May Monday Early May bank holiday
28 May Monday Spring bank holiday
12 July Thursday Battle of the Boyne (Orangemen's Day)
27 August Monday Summer bank holiday
25 December Tuesday Christmas Day
26 December Wednesday Boxing Day
2019 UK Bank Holidays in Northern Ireland
1 January Tuesday New Year's Day
18 March Monday St Patrick's Day (substitute day)
19 April Friday Good Friday
22 April Monday Easter Monday
6 May Monday Early May bank holiday
27 May Monday Spring bank holiday
12 July Friday Battle of the Boyne (Orangemen's Day)
26 August Monday Summer bank holiday
25 December Wednesday Christmas Day
26 December Thursday Boxing Day
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