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Annual Leave

The Working Time Regulations apply to PAYE Temporary Workers only. Limited Company Contractors are responsible for complying with these regulations under their own Limited Company.

The Working Time Regulations constitute health and safety regulations relating to work and rest that all workers need to be aware of. The main provisions are:

  • Paid annual leave.
  • A limit on the average weekly working time to 48 hours.
  • Minimum daily and weekly rest periods.
  • Rest breaks at work.

Paid Annual Leave

You are entitled to 28 days annual leave per year (inclusive of public holidays). Your holiday pay is operated on an accrual basis and payment is made to you at the time you take holidays. Our holiday year runs from January to December and unused holidays cannot be carried over and we cannot issue cash equivalent payments in lieu.

By operating an accrued holiday method this should help you to manage and plan your holiday pay to suit your needs when taking time off during an assignment.

For further information on holiday pay and details of how to book, please refer to our 'Holiday Pay Guide', which you can access by clicking on the link below:

A limit on the average weekly working time to 48 hours

What this means for you is that you do not have to work more than 48 hours per week (averaged over a 17 week period) unless you choose to do so. The 48 hours does not include rest breaks, lunch hours or travelling time.

If you want to be able to work more than 48 hours per week, you can choose to opt out of this provision by signing an agreement, which we call an opt-out agreement. This form will be enclosed with your contract pack. Please return this form together with your signed terms of engagement and P45/P46.

Minimum daily and weekly rest periods

The regulations require that you have at least 11 consecutive hours rest between shifts every 24 hours and at least one whole day off per week (or two per fortnight). You cannot contract/opt-out of this requirement. If you have any concerns, please contact your Consultant so that they can help you work out an assignment schedule that will allow you to maximise your income while working within this regulation.

Rest breaks at work

You are entitled to a minimum 20 minute break when you work for more than six hours each day.

Please refer to your Contract paperwork for full details on paid annual leave or contact us:
Contractor Payments Team
Contractor Hotline
0800 093 0717

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