Bank Holidays



What are bank holidays?

Bank holidays are days when, by royal proclamation or by the Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971, banks are entitled to close. “Bank” and “Public” holidays are used interchangeably but they are basically the same thing. Bank holidays can be specified by Royal proclamation as well as by legislation but the main law covering bank holidays is the Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971.  There are other pieces of legislation governing bank holidays, these include;


There are six bank holidays and two public holidays a year which are;

New Year’s Day

Good Friday (public holiday)

Easter Monday

First Monday in May

Last Monday in May 

Last Monday in August

Christmas Day (public holiday)

Boxing Day


Do I have a right to paid leave on bank holidays?

Not unless your contract of employment says you are entitled to be paid. Paid time off on bank holidays can be set-off against your annual leave or can be an extra benefit in your employment contract.  Although some employers will pay extra if you work on a bank holiday, you have no right to this unless it is part of your terms and conditions of employment. If your employer does not pay your holiday pay, you may have a claim for unauthorised deduction of wages. You must start by raising a grievance.

Resources Available

Employment Tribunal Claims

ET1: Non-payment of Holiday Pay on termination

ET1: Non-payment of holiday pay whilst still employed

ET1: Refusal to permit taking Annual Leave

ET1: Breach of Contract


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Best of the web

Holiday Calculator

GOV.Uk – UK Bank holidays 

Paternity pay and leave

Equality & Human Rights Commission – Leave during maternity

WorkSmart – How are bank holidays calculated for annual leave 

Can my employer make me work on bank holidays? 

Should I get paid double for working on bank holidays?

How much annual leave am I entitled to and when can I take it?

I don’t work on Mondays. Will I miss out on bank holidays? 

Citizens Advice – Working on Bank Holidays

ACAS – Common questions about bank holidays

Holidays and Holiday Pay





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