This page on the government's website says that the statutory minimum is 28 days.

I have seen job adverts that range from 22-25 days holiday allowance. It doesn't seem likely that they are advertising that they are breaking the law, so how should I interpret the total amount of holiday given?

  • For what it's worth, "white collar" salaried jobs in the US typically start with two weeks' (10 days) vacation plus whatever "bank holidays" and site closings and "floating holidays the company offers (which may vary a bit; for my employer that's typically about 11 days), and with sick days counted separately. Fairly senior or long-serving staff may get up to 20-25 vacation days. Occasionally companies will offer additional time or longer periods (paid sabbaticals) as rewards for long and/or significant service. So seeing a minimum of 28 days sorta boggles me a bit.
    – keshlam
    Commented Sep 21, 2014 at 22:12
  • @keshlam Staring holiday at Reed Elsevier in the uk was 29 days plus bh
    – Pepone
    Commented Sep 21, 2014 at 22:34

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This is because of how the employers decide treat bank (ie public holidays) holidays - these examples are obviously quoting entitement excluding the public holidays.

Most workers who work a 5-day week must receive 28 days’ paid annual leave per year. An employer can include bank holidays as part of statutory annual leave.

England has 8 bank holidays the other parts of the UK have slightly different holidays.

  • Should I interpret 22 days as being 30 days then?
    – Tom
    Commented Sep 21, 2014 at 21:36
  • @user759 did the advert not say? but I would assume so
    – Pepone
    Commented Sep 21, 2014 at 22:34
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    In the UK, you should interpret "22 days" as "22 days plus bank holidays"; mentioning 30 days anywhere will just lead to confusion. On bank holidays you just don't turn up for work unless your company asks you and pays overtime.
    – gnasher729
    Commented Sep 22, 2014 at 10:43
  • Agree with answer and comments, but note that the Food Service industry (cafes, sandwich shops, ?? pubs/bars ??) does NOT operate on this basis, as they DO expect to open on BHs.
    – Brondahl
    Commented Feb 13, 2018 at 16:07

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