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part time working bank holidays?

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1dilemma Wed 17-Jun-09 02:02:41

I know this comes up quite a bit!!
If you are working part-time you get to add on pro-ratad bank holidays-yes?
What happens if you also work some bank holidays do you get an extra day off for each one or is it pro-ratad in some way? Or do you have to decide which BH your pro-ratad days are for and only get another one if they are different? Or does the Monday/non-Monday nature of the day make any difference?


rookiemater Wed 17-Jun-09 08:29:58

Hi I work part time and the way it works for me is that all bank holidays including christmas day get added to my annual leave, then I need to put those in the holiday calender to balance up accordingly. So therefore in your situation it would make no difference if you were working a BH because it would effectively be a normal day iyswim.

sundew Wed 17-Jun-09 08:34:20

I used tyo work part-time and my annual leave consisted of a pro-rata holiday entitlement + prorata BH entitlement. So if you work a bank holiday it just doesn't come off your annual leave.

For a while I worked Tues, Wed + Thurs which was great as I effectively got lots of extra holiday. You lose out if you work a Monday - especially if christmas is on a Monday.

flowerybeanbag Wed 17-Jun-09 08:45:19

How it works depends on the policy at your company.

If full time employees get bank holidays on top of their holiday entitlement, a part timer must have the equivalent pro rata, yes.

But how it works depends on how they organise it where you work. If you actually work some bank holidays anyway probably the easiest way to do it is how rookiemater describes, just adding the pro rata bank holidays to your normal holiday entitlement, meaning when you do take a bank holiday off it comes out of that total, and if you work it, nothing is deducted.

You will need to look at the policy where you work, or ask your manager/HR.

1dilemma Wed 17-Jun-09 22:09:59

Thanks guys
I shall sit downa nd try and work it all out. I'd hoped for another day off work rather than simply not loosing a days leave. I'm sure it works out the same it just doesn't sound quite so generous grin

CapricaSix Thu 18-Jun-09 07:41:20

They have to give you the same rights as full time employees whether or not you work on a Monday, pro rata'd obviously.

Diff employees are diff - mine Bank Holidays are all worked & need to be booked off as normal (tho we get time & a half for working them), so Bank Hols are included in the holiday entitlement. For part timers as well, because otherwise they would be getting less than the minimum in their first year (as new employees only get the minimum entitlement)!

Snowfalls108 Thu 18-Jun-09 19:15:13

so my company all get bank holidays. I'm about to start working part time, but flexibly, so 2 days a week but spread over 5. How would the bank holidays work?

flowerybeanbag Thu 18-Jun-09 19:43:34

Snowfalls your employer would have to work it out based on what hours you do to ensure it's fair. If your hours are literally flexible so that one week you'll be coming into work two days and the following week you'll be doing the same hours but coming in 5 days, then your normal holiday entitlement will be equally difficult to calculate.

In that type of scenario most employers calculate holiday in hours rather than days, and would usually include some extra to take account of bank holiday entitlement.

Snowfalls108 Thu 18-Jun-09 21:06:06

Hi Flowery,
Thanks for the reply.
I'm going to be working from home, so it really is a matter of me fitting in the hours as and when.
Just a bit worried as I work for a very small company and my boss is not very good at working these things out!
If I work 5 days a week I get 21 days holiday a year + the 8 bank holidays, so I'm guessing at 2 days a week I'll get 8.4 days worth of holiday + 3.2 days worth of bank holidays? Does that make sense?

flowerybeanbag Thu 18-Jun-09 21:16:32

I see. Well if you will be doing 2 days-worth of work every week and just fitting it in whenever you like it's probably just as easy to think in terms of a pro rata number of days rather than faffing about with hours.

Your calculations are correct, yes. If I were advising your boss I'd probably tell her to simplify it a bit, and rather than doing two calculations, to instead pro rata the total of 29 paid days off down to 11.6 total for you, to include your bank holiday allocation, and then round it up to 12 full days off each year. I like keeping things as simple as possible, me!

CapricaSix Thu 18-Jun-09 23:08:08

yes that's exactly how my employer would work it out.

Snowfalls108 Fri 19-Jun-09 18:59:48

Thank you!

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