Here is a quick run down of what you are entitled to with regards to holiday pay in Ireland (officially known as annual leave). Hopefully this guide will remove some of the myths regarding holiday pay. This information has been brought to you in association with citizensinformation.ie.
Calculating Holiday Pay
There are three different ways of calculating your annual leave entitlement:
- Based on the employee’s working hours during what is called the leave year, which runs from April to March. An employee who has worked at least 1,365 hours in the leave year (that is, an average working week of 26.25 hours) is entitled to the maximum of four weeks’ annual leave. Many employers use the calendar year (January-December) instead of the official leave year to calculate entitlement
- By allowing 1/3 of a working week for each calendar month in which the employee has worked at least 117 hours
- 8% of the hours worked in the leave year, subject to a maximum of 4 weeks
- An employee may use whichever of these methods gives the greater entitlement.
- An employee who has worked for at least 8 months is entitled to an unbroken period of 2 weeks’ annual leave.
Taking annual leave Rules
It is for your employer to decide when annual leave may be taken, but this is subject to a number of conditions. Your employer must take into account your family responsibilities, opportunities for rest and recreation that are available to you and to consult with you (or your union) at least one month before the leave is to be taken. In addition, annual leave should be taken within the appropriate leave year or with your consent, within six months of the relevant leave year. Further holding over (also known as carrying-over) of annual leave at your wish is a matter for agreement between you and your employer. So if you don’t take it you could loose out entirely.