Bank Holiday Allowance For Part-Time Staff

Calculating bank holiday entitlement for part-time employees in the UK is a legal requirement that all employers must follow. It is essential to understand the process of calculating bank holiday allowances for part-time staff to ensure that you are providing the correct amount of holiday time.

Holiday Allowance

Firstly, holiday entitlement for part-time workers is calculated by multiplying the number of days worked per week by a factor of 5.6. The result, which is capped at 28 days, is the number of days of annual leave that the worker is statutorily entitled to receive. Many companies choose to include bank holidays as part of the annual leave entitlement, but this is not mandatory. For part-time annual leave, the same 5.6 factor is used.

Bank Holiday Allowance

When it comes to bank holidays, many companies give their part-time employees a pro-rated bank holiday allowance. This is calculated based on the number of hours worked, regardless of the days worked and whether or not they would be bank holidays.

For example, if a full-time employee works five days a week and receives eight bank holidays, the employee would be receiving 64 hours of bank holiday leave (8 bank holidays x 8-hour working day = 64 hours).


To calculate a part-time employee’s bank holiday entitlement, use the formula: (number of hours worked per week / number of hours in a full-time week) x (number of bank holidays x hours per working day).

If a part-time employee is only working part of a day, the hours should be rounded up. If the part-time worker is due to work on a bank holiday, they would need to book it as holiday as normal, and it would come out of their total holiday entitlement. Additionally, it is important to note that if a part-time worker works on a bank holiday, they are entitled to receive the same pay and conditions as if they were working on a normal working day.