Annual leave always seems to evaporate at an all too rapid pace.
It is, however possible to extend your time off work without eating into your annual leave. All that’s required is a bit of clever holiday booking – and an amenable boss.
The statutory minimum is 20 although many employers offer 25 and some offer extra days for long service. Some companies allow employees to ‘buy’ extra holidays i.e. accept a small salary reduction for extra days off. But there is a hack which means you can take more holidays without blowing your allowance.
The secret to getting more time off is in our Bank Holidays. With a bit of strategic planning around these you can maximise your time off.
Your boss would also have to be amenable; you’re not going to get all these days off if it kills productivity. He or she might agree though; it’s always worth an ask!
Easter next year falls on March 31. This will make the Good Friday Bank Holiday March 29 and the Easter Monday on April 1. If you schedule days off around the bank holidays, you will be able to get a 10-day stretch off work, including the weekend with just four days of annual leave.
You can either book off Monday March 25 through to Thursday March 28 to make this happen. Or book from Tuesday April 2 through to Friday April 5. This way you’ll get a 10-day run of time off for four days.
Of course, if you’re looking for one long period of time off work. You could book all eight days off work and get a whopping 16 days off work, including the weekends.
May – Book four days of holiday and get nine days off – twice
In May, you can see nine days off work with just four days of leave.s. The first is Monday, May 6.
Book off May 7, 8, 9 and 10, to get the 9-day haitus from work, including two weekends. Or you can use the late May Bank Holiday instead, which falls on Monday, May 27 for the nine-day stretch.
Take off Tuesday, May 28, through to Friday, May 31. This way, you’ll be off from Saturday, May 25 and then back at work on Monday, June 3.
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August – Book four days of holiday and get nine days off
There’s another Bank Holiday in the summer on Monday, August 26. Book four days off on August 27, 28, 29 and 30. Using this trick, you’ll get a further nine days off in a row from Saturday, August 25 until Monday, September 2.
At the end of the year over the festive season there are two more Bank Holidays. Next year, they will fall on Wednesday, December 25 for Christmas Day , and Thursday, December 26 for Boxing Day.
Booking off time around those days gives you a couple of options to maximise holiday. You can book – December 23, 24 and 27, to get a nine-break from work from December 21 to Monday, December 30.
Or book off December 27, 30 and 31, as well as January 2 and 3. January 1 is also a Bank Holiday so you don’t need to book it off. This way you’ll have 12 days off from work, including weekends.