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How to Work Out Part Time Holiday Entitlement

Holiday entitlements are usually described in the work contract, but the legal minimum holiday entitlement in the United Kingdom is 5.6 weeks of paid leave annually. This can amount to 28 days for the average employee working a five-day workweek, or 22.4 days for a part-time worker working four-day workweeks. The holiday entitlement is equal to the employee's normal work pay for that length of time.

Determine the average number of days worked each week at the part-time job and the hourly wage for the job. Write both down on a sheet of paper. If the number of days worked each week change, calculate the average. If the pay has increased, only take the current pay value and write that down. Also write down the average number of hours worked each day.

Multiply the number of days worked each week by 5.6. The UK government dictates that all employees, part-time or full-time, are entitled to 5.6 weeks of holiday entitlement, and this changes from employee to employee, based on the number of days worked each week. If the part-time worker typically works three days each week, then 3 x 5.6 = 16.8 days of holiday entitlement; for two days per week this equates to 11.2 days of holiday entitlement, and so forth.

Multiply the number of days for holiday entitlement by the average number of hours worked per day. Then multiply this number of hours by the hourly wage, and this is the amount of the holiday entitlement pay.

In cases where the work hours are too irregular to calculate a reasonable average number of days, the UK government recommends instead multiplying the total number of hours worked by 12.07 per cent. The holiday entitlement factor of 5.6 is equal to 12.07 per cent of the hours worked by employees each year. If the employee only worked for 10 hours that year, his entitlement pay would be calculated at 72.6 minutes, annually.


If an employer grants bonus holiday entitlement days to full-timer workers, UK law says the employer must grant the same bonus to part-time workers.


For those listed as "self-employed," the government does not afford the same right to paid holidays each year as those listed as "employees" or "workers" for someone other than themselves.

Things Needed

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Calculator
  • Work schedule
  • Pay stub