Have you planned your 2020 Bank Holidays?

This year, many 2020 calendars have been printed with the incorrect May Bank Holiday, thanks to a shift of date, made by the government to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day (Victory in Europe) on Friday 8th May.

So if you’re planning your 2020 Bank Holidays, make sure you’ve got the right day and date!

The long weekend is the second weekend of May (Friday May 8th – Sunday May 10th), not the usual first May weekend (Saturday May 2nd – Monday 4th).

2020 Bank Holidays

In 2020, there are 8 UK bank holidays, four on a Monday, three on a Friday and one on a Wednesday.

  • 01 Jan –    New Year’s Day (Wednesday)
  • 10 Apr –   Good Friday
  • 13 Apr –   Easter Monday
  • 08 May – Early May Bank Holiday Friday (VE Day) – moved from Monday May 4th
  • 25 May – Spring Bank Holiday Monday
  • 31 Aug –  Summer Bank Holiday Monday
  • 25 Dec – Christmas Day (Friday)
  • 28 Dec – Boxing Day (Monday – substitute day)

How working parents plan around school holidays

Planning around bank holidays and when to take annual leave is often crucial for working parents. Many working mums and dads have to plan their time off at work around school holidays. If you don’t get in quick, it can be stressful – as well as costly – covering the holiday period.

When you only get four or five weeks off a year, and when schools close for 13 weeks of the calendar year, that’s a lot of extra weeks that require thinking about in terms of childcare. It can make working quite difficult for professional parents and in particular, single parents. Lots of working parents juggle this time with a mixture of paid childcare, holiday camps, family help and childcare swaps.

How to maximise your 2020 bank holidays

Bank Holidays are slightly different for most professions in that schools are closed on these days and so are many offices. But if you have a role where you’re required to work Bank Holidays too, it’s possible you will need to plan childcare for these days as well or plan cleverly on how to optimise the maximum number of holiday days.

For example, the next Bank Holiday is Good Friday on 10th April. If you haven’t already booked time off, there’s a way you can get 11 days’ annual leave in April by simply booking five days off. Take off the Thursday 9th and the four days the following week and you’ll have a nice chunk of time off to coincide with the school Easter holidays.

How many days holidays am I entitled to?

If you work part time and want to calculate how many paid holidays or annual leave you are entitled to, the easiest way is to first work out your organization’s paid “holiday ratio” for full-time employees:

If for example your organization offers only the minimum 28 paid days, your “holiday ratio” will be 5.6. So if you work two days per week, the calculation will be 2 x 5.6 = 11.2 paid holiday days, which your employer may choose to round up to 11.5 or 12 days (but can’t round down to 11).

If you work for a company that offers 33 days paid annual leave to full-time employees, your “holiday ratio” will be 6.6. (33 paid holiday days/5 work days). So if you work two days per week, the calculation will be 2 x 6.6 = 13.2 paid holiday days.

You can read out more about bank holiday entitlement for part-time workers.

If you’d like to find a flexible or part-time role, please register with your nearest Ten2Two office today. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy your 2020 Bank Holidays!

 

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