Does everyone working in the UK tourism industry get holiday entitlement?
Every employee, by law, has holiday entitlement. The amount of holiday you get is normally set out in your contract of employment. The statutory minimum is 5.6 weeks, which can include bank and public holidays.
It would be worth you understanding the basic holiday rights of different types of employees.
There is a minimum right to paid holiday, but the employer may offer more than this. The main things you should know about holiday rights are:
- you are entitled to a minimum of 5.6 weeks paid annual leave (28 days for someone working five days a week)
- those working part-time are entitled to the same level of holiday pro rata, currently this is 5.6 times the usual working week, for example 22.4 days for someone working four days a week
- you start building up holiday time as soon as you start work
- your employer can control when you take your holiday
- you get paid your normal pay for your holiday
- when you finish a job, you get paid for any holiday you’ve not taken
- bank and public holidays can be included in your minimum entitlement
- you continue to be entitled to your holiday leave throughout your ordinary and additional maternity leave and paternity and adoption leave
Self-employed people are not entitled to holiday pay, they can take as much time off their jobs as they want but they will not get a penny for any days missed. So, whilst they are not getting deductions for holiday pay out of their wages, unless they make their own contributions to a savings scheme they will not get any money for holiday time taken. Obviously, this has its advantages and disadvantages.