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# Annual Leave question

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I would be grateful for any comments on what my annual leave entitlement should be, in the following circumstances.
I have just changed from a 5 day, 35 hour week to 32 hours worked over 4 days, Monday to Thursday. On the 5 day week my holiday entitlement, January to December, was 25 days plus public holidays. My employer, a Scottish local authority, has just gone live with a new system for calculating absences, which seems to have some teething problems. I have had 5 different calculations over the last week, and have not yet had a clear answer to what my new entitlement should be. The absences shown as my entitlement on the system were, day by day, 2 days Public Holiday only; 23 days, no PH; 21 days absence, 2 PH; 42 days absence, 2 days PH; and 17 days absence, 2 days PH.
I have seen in earlier forum threads that it may be the hourly figure that matters for the calculation, but any thoughts would be welcome.

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Assuming 7 hours a day on the 35 hour week. You get a total of 33 days leave (25 + 8) x 7 hours = 231 hours over the year.

You will now be working 32 hours so 231 / 35 * 32 = 211.2 hours / 8 hours per day = 26.4 days including bank hols. From this you need to deduct any bank holiday that falls on a working day (Mon-Thu)

Edited: Sorry you're in Scotland - is that 8 or 9 public holidays? Can't recall and can't be fogged to google! But the principle is the same
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tizerbelle wrote: »
You will now be working 32 hours so 231 / 35 * 32 = 211.2 hours / 8 hours per day = 26.4 days including bank hols. From this you need to deduct any bank holiday that falls on a working day (Mon-Thu)

Different calculation style but the same result as I would have given.

Five weeks (25 days) A/L for those who work 5 days. You work 4 days, so 20 days A/L (i.e. still five weeks).

Public holidays are random days, so calculation is 4/5 of 8 i.e. 6.4 days.
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So, to be clear, you've gone from 5 days of 7 hours to 4 days of 8 hours?

It really depends on your company's policy regarding how the calculation is done but if we use logic and some basic maths...

Your annual leave allowance was 25 days + 8 bank holidays (so a total of 33 days) and those days were 'worth' 7 hours each. That's the equivalent of 231 hours of paid leave each year.

If you had condensed your hours to work the same number over fewer days, you would be entitled to the same number of hours annually, meaning the calculation would be 231/8 = 28.875 (29)

As you've reduced your hours by roughly 8.5%, It would be logical your annual leave allowance would be reduced by the same percentage.

8.5% of 231 is 19.6

231 - 19.6 is 211.4

211.4/8 = 26.425 (27)

So, by my reckoning, you would be entitled to 27 days off with a portion of those days (depending on your non-working day) being required to be used to cover bank holidays.
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Thank you all for your speedy comments and calculations; these are very much appreciated. Just a pity the 44 day calculation was incorrect!
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