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How to maximise annual leave 2022: Scotland, England & Wales and Northern Ireland

12 Nov 2021
Sarah Ferguson

How to maximise annual leave 2022 

For those of us working full time, we have a minimum of 28 paid holiday dates to take each year. But sometimes, that doesnt feel like enough. Now more than ever, many of us are prioritising family time and rest in a way that we might not have in the past.  

So, were going to let you in on a little secret. If you want to boost your annual leave dates, you should book your time off work to coincide with this years bank holidays and weekends. That way, you can enjoy longer periods of time off without needing to use up a high proportion of your annual leave allowance. 

Who can maximise holidays in 2022? 

This only applies to people whose employers give them paid time off on bank holidays. While employers must give employees 28 days of paid leave per year (pro rata for part time employees), its at the employers discretion whether these days should fall on a bank holiday. 

 These holiday hacks will also only be effective if you work the traditional Monday - Friday full time, with time off work on weekends. 

 

What are the bank holiday dates in 2022? 

Bank holiday date vary in each of the UKs four nations. Head here to find out bank holiday dates in the UK in 2022. 

 Because the bank holidays are different depending on where in the UK you live, weve detailed how to maximise annual leave in 2022 for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland below. 

  

Maximise your annual leave 2022: Scotland  

Heres how Scottish residents can maximise holidays in 2022: 

 

January  

 If youre looking for an extended break after Christmas, booking 3 days of annual leave in January would give you 9 days off work.  

 Heres how: 

1st Jan - Weekend  

2nd Jan - Weekend  

3rd Jan - Bank holiday  

4th Jan - Bank holiday  

5th Jan - Annual leave 

6th Jan - Annual leave  

7th Jan - Annual leave  

8th Jan - Weekend 

9th Jan - Weekend 

 

 

Mid-April 

 Booking 4 days of annual leave mid-April would give you 9 days off work.  

 Heres how: 

9th April - Weekend 

10th April - Weekend  

11th April - Annual leave 

12th April - Annual leave  

13th April - Annual leave 

14th April - Annual leave 

15th April - Bank holiday 

16th April - Weekend  

17th April - Weekend 

 

April/May  

Booking 4 days of annual leave in early May would give you 9 days off work.  

Heres how: 

30th April -Weekend  

1st May - Weekend  

2nd May.- Bank holiday 

3rd May - Annual leave  

4th May - Annual leave  

5th May - Annual leave  

6th May - Annual leave 

7th May - Weekend  

8th May - Weekend 

 

 May/June  

Booking 3 days of annual leave in late May and early June would give you 9 days off work.  

 Heres how: 

 28th May - Weekend 

29th May - Weekend 

30th May - Annual leave  

31st May - Annual leave 

1st June - Annual leave  

2nd June - Bank holiday  

3rd June - Bank holiday  

4th June - Weekend  

5th June - Weekend 

 

 July/August 

Booking 4 days of annual leave in August would give you 9 days off work. 

 Heres how: 

30th July - Weekend 

31st July - Weekend 

1st August - Bank holiday  

2nd August - Annual leave 

3rd August - Annual leave 

4th August - Annual leave  

5th August - Annual leave 

 

 November/December  

Booking 4 days of annual leave in late November and early December would give you 9 days off work.  

Heres how: 

26th November - Weekend 

27th November - Weekend  

28th November - Annual leave 

29th November - Annual leave 

30th November - Bank holiday  

1st December - Annual leave  

2nd December - Annual leave 

3rd December - Weekend 

4th December - Weekend 

 

December 

Christmas falls on a weekend this year: 

 24th December - Weekend 

25th December - Weekend 

26th December - Bank holiday  

27th December - Bank holiday 

 

Maximise your annual leave 2022: England and Wales 

 Heres how residents in England and Wales can maximise holidays in 2022: 

 

January  

 If youre looking for an extended break after Christmas, booking 4 days of annual leave in January would give England and Wales residents 9 days off work.  

 Heres how: 

 1st Jan - Weekend  

2nd Jan - Weekend  

3rd Jan - Bank holiday 

4th Jan - Annual leave 

5th Jan - Annual leave 

6th Jan - Annual leave  

7th Jan - Annual leave  

8th Jan - Weekend 

9th Jan - Weekend 

 

Mid-April 

 Booking 4 days of annual leave mid-April would give you 10 days off work.  

Heres how: 

9th April - Weekend 

10th April - Weekend  

11th April - Annual leave 

12th April - Annual leave  

13th April - Annual leave 

14th April - Annual leave 

15th April - Bank holiday 

16th April - Weekend  

17th April - Weekend 

18th April - Bank holiday 

 

April/May  

Booking 4 days of annual leave in early May would give you 9 days off work.  

 Heres how: 

30th April -Weekend  

1st May - Weekend  

2nd May - Bank holiday 

3rd May - Annual leave  

4th May - Annual leave  

5th May - Annual leave  

6th May - Annual leave 

7th May - Weekend  

8th May - Weekend 

 

May/June  

Booking 3 days of annual leave in late May and early June would give you 9 days off work.  

Heres how: 

 28th May - Weekend 

29th May - Weekend 

30th May - Annual leave  

31st May - Annual leave 

1st June - Annual leave  

2nd June - Bank holiday  

3rd June - Bank holiday  

4th June - Weekend  

5th June - Weekend 

 

August/September 

Booking 4 days of annual leave in late August and early September would give you 9 days off work. 

Heres how: 

27th August - Weekend 

28th August - Weekend 

29th August - Bank holiday 

30th August - Annual leave 

31st August - Annual leave 

1st September - Annual leave  

2nd September - Annual leave 

3rd September - Weekend 

4th September - Weekend 

 

December 

Christmas falls on a weekend this year, so your remaining 2 days of paid holiday would look like this: 

24th December - Weekend 

25th December - Weekend 

26th December - Bank holiday  

27th December - Bank holiday 

 

Maximise your annual leave 2022: Northern Ireland 

Heres how residents in Northern Ireland can maximise holidays in 2022: 

 

 January  

If youre looking for an extended break after Christmas, booking 4 days of annual leave in January would give Northern Ireland residents 9 days off work.  

 Heres how: 

 1st Jan - Weekend  

2nd Jan - Weekend  

3rd Jan - Bank holiday 

4th Jan - Annual leave 

5th Jan - Annual leave 

6th Jan - Annual leave  

7th Jan - Annual leave  

8th Jan - Weekend 

9th Jan - Weekend 

  

March 

Booking 4 days of annual leave in March would give you 9 days off work   

12th March - Weekend 

13th March - Weekend 

14th March - Annual leave 

15th March - Annual leave 

16th March - Annual leave 

17th March - Bank holiday  

18th March - Annual leave 

19th March - Weekend  

20th March - Weekend  

 

Mid-April 

Booking 4 days of annual leave mid-April would give you 10 days off work.  

Heres how: 

9th April - Weekend 

10th April - Weekend  

11th April - Annual leave 

12th April - Annual leave  

13th April - Annual leave 

14th April - Annual leave 

15th April - Bank holiday 

16th April - Weekend  

17th April - Weekend 

18th April - Bank holiday 

 

April/May  

Booking 4 days of annual leave in early May would give you 9 days off work.  

Heres how: 

30th April -Weekend  

1st May - Weekend  

2nd May.- Bank holiday 

3rd May - Annual leave  

4th May - Annual leave  

5th May - Annual leave  

6th May - Annual leave 

7th May - Weekend  

8th May - Weekend 

 

May/June  

 Booking 3 days of annual leave in late May and early June would give you 9 days off work.  

Heres how: 

 28th May - Weekend 

29th May - Weekend 

30th May - Annual leave  

31st May - Annual leave 

1st June - Annual leave  

2nd June - Bank holiday  

3rd June - Bank holiday  

4th June - Weekend  

5th June - Weekend 

 

July 

 Booking 4 days of annual leave in late July would give you 9 days off work. 

Heres how: 

 9th July - Weekend 

10th July - Weekend 

11th July - Annual leave 

12th July - Bank holiday  

13th July - Annual leave 

14th July - Annual leave  

15th July - Annual leave 

 

August/September 

Booking 4 days of annual leave in late August and early September would give you 9 days off work. 

 Heres how:  

27th August - Weekend 

28th August - Weekend 

29th August - Bank holiday 

30th August - Annual leave 

31st August - Annual leave 

1st September - Annual leave  

2nd September - Annual leave 

3rd September - Weekend 

4th September - Weekend 

  

December 

Christmas falls on a weekend this year:  

24th December - Weekend 

25th December - Weekend 

26th December - Bank holiday  

27th December - Bank holiday 

  

My employers annual leave allowance is not competitive: what can I do? 

Although the minimum annual leave entitlement is 28 days’ holiday, for some employees, this is no longer enough.  

If youre not happy with your current annual leave allowance, it might be time to look for a new job.  

Looking for a role with a competitive annual leave allowance? Discuss your career goals with a recruiter at Eden Scott. 

 We work closely with some of the best companies in Scotland and the wider UK, the majority of whom offer generous annual leave packages.  

 

Ready to start your job search?  

 

Submit your CV. Well be back in touch to discuss potential opportunities with you shortly. 

 

 

 

 

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Sarah Ferguson
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