Annual Leave for Part-Time Workers

Whether you work full time or part time you are entitled to annual leave or holidays. Your entitlement should be in your contract of employment and in line with legislation.

Calculating Annual Leave

Your annual leave entitlement can be calculated using one of these 3 options:

  1. If you have worked at least 1,365 hours in a leave year you are entitled to the maximum of 4 working weeks’ paid annual leave unless you changed employment mid-year.
  2. 1/3 of your working week for each calendar month in which you have worked at least 117 hours
  3. or, 8% of the hours you have worked in the leave year, subject to a maximum of 4 working weeks.

As a part-time worker option 3 is the most widely used method.

Public Holidays

In addition to annual leave, employees are entitled to the 9 public holidays in Ireland which include:

  • New Year’s Day (1 January)
  • St. Patrick’s Day (17 March)
  • Easter Monday
  • May Bank Holiday
  • June Bank Holiday
  • August Bank Holiday
  • Last Monday in October
  • Christmas Day (25 December)
  • St. Stephen’s Day (26 December)

Good Friday is not a public holiday. While some schools and businesses close on that day, you have no automatic entitlement to time off work on that day.

As a part-time worker, you are only entitled to these public holidays if you have worked for your employer at least 40 hours in the 5 weeks before the public holiday.

  • Where the public holiday falls on a day you normally work you are entitled to a day’s pay for the public holiday. If you are required to work that day you are entitled to an additional day’s pay.
  • If you do not normally work on that particular day you should receive one-fifth of your weekly pay. Even if you are never rostered to work on a public holiday you are entitled to one-fifth of your weekly pay as compensation for the public holiday.

If you are still unsure of what your annual leave entitlement is WPR have created this explanatory guide

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