POSTED: March 25 2024
Changes to Bank Holidays
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It’s No April Fool – Changes to Bank Holidays

Some businesses have a holiday year for their employees which run from 1st April – 31st March and this year is a ‘Double Easter’.

If you recognise bank holidays as fixed holidays for your employees, i.e. employees are not required to work on a bank holiday, the timing of Easter this year, means you will potentially be awarding an extra day of leave in the 2023/ 2024 holiday year, but there will be a potential shortfall in 24/25.

So how does this work?

The law around holiday states that you must provide a minimum 5.6 working weeks’ leave each year. This is 28 days including bank / public holiday for full -time employees and the pro-rata entitlement for part-time employees.

This year, Good Friday falls on 29th March 2024 so this would be included in the current 2023 / 2024 bank holidays.

If we look back over April 2023 – March 2024, this means that there were 9 bank holidays – not including the King’s Coronation Day on 8th May 2023 – as detailed below:

1. Good Friday 7th April 2023
2. Easter Monday 10th April 2023
3. Early May Bank Holiday 1st May 2023
4. Spring Bank Holiday 29th May 2023
5. Summer Bank Holiday 28th August 2023
6. Christmas Day 25th December 2023
7. Boxing Day 26th December 2023
8. New Years Day 1st January 2024
9. Good Friday 29th March 2024


This means that next year, 1st April 2024 – 31st March 2025, there will be only seven bank holidays.

Where your holiday entitlement is 5.6 weeks only in the holiday year, this means that in order to comply with holiday legislation, you will have to award an additional day’s holiday in the next holiday year.

If your holiday entitlement is in excess of the statutory minimum, there is still a shortfall in their holiday which is a potential breach of contract. This may be questioned by employee’s and although the risk is low as you are awarding more than the statutory minimum, you may wish to consider awarding an additional day’s holiday in the next holiday year.

Please remember that for part-time employees, their holiday must be pro-rata’d to the full-time equivalent.

Please contact the HR team at advo at if you would like further advice.