[Gllug] VACANCY: Linux Systems Administrator

Simon Wilcox essuu at ourshack.com
Wed Mar 21 09:56:08 UTC 2012

On 20/03/2012 14:34, James Roberts wrote:
> "you are entitled to a minimum of 5.6 weeks paid annual leave - 28 
> days for someone working five days a week (capped at a statutory 
> maximum of 28 days for all working patterns)"
> Does someone know something about this that I don't? Are such offers 
> including or excluding Bank Holidays?

In a typical governmental sleight of hand, whilst they increased the 
statutory holiday allowance to 28 days they also removed the requirement 
(if indeed it was ever explicitly there) to give people bank holidays off.

Companies are also entitled, although I'm not entirely sure if it's 
under statute or just via employment contract, to mandate when you take 
holidays. Many companies for instance will close down between Christmas 
and New Year and insist that those days be taken from your annual 

Combine the two and you get 28 days holiday of which 8 are mandated to 
be the bank holidays. So right back at square one of 20 'real' days per 

Employment contracts should have been updated to reflect this but of 
course what should happen and what actually happens are two different 

Anyone advertising just 20 days holiday is being sloppy, or very honest. 
It's surely much better (fsvo 'better') to advertise 28 days holiday and 
only later mention that 8 of those are on mandated days.

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