The initial increase in statutory holiday entitlement from 4 to 4.8 weeks comes into force on 1st October 2007, with the second increase in entitlement from 4.8 to 5.6 weeks coming into force on 1st April 2009.
The Department for Business Enterprise & Regulatory Reform (previously the DTI) has now published a holiday entitlement ready reckoner on its website which enables employees to calculate their increased holiday entitlement.
It is reproduced below:
The statutory entitlement for a member of staff will depend on when their leave year begins; to work out the entitlement, read across the table from the start date of the leave year.
For example: A member of staff whose leave year begins on 1 April will have a holiday entitlement of:
|Leave year start:||2006-07||2007-08||2008-09||2009-10|
|1 November||4.07 weeks||4.8 weeks||5.27 weeks||5.6 weeks|
|1 December||4.13 weeks||4.8 weeks||5.33 weeks||5.6 weeks|
|1 January||4.2 weeks||4.8 weeks||5.4 weeks||5.6 weeks|
|1 February||4.27 weeks||4.8 weeks||5.47 weeks||5.6 weeks|
|1 March||4.33 weeks||4.8 weeks||5.53 weeks||5.6 weeks|
|1 April||4.4 weeks||4.8 weeks||5.6 weeks||5.6 weeks|
|1 May||4.47 weeks||4.87 weeks||5.6 weeks||5.6 weeks|
|1 June||4.53 weeks||4.93 weeks||5.6 weeks||5.6 weeks|
|1 July||4.6 weeks||5 weeks||5.6 weeks||5.6 weeks|
|1 August||4.67 weeks||5.07 weeks||5.6 weeks||5.6 weeks|
|1 September||4.73 weeks||5.13 weeks||5.6 weeks||5.6 weeks|
|1 October||4.8 weeks||5.2 weeks||5.6 weeks||5.6 weeks|
To work out the number of days you are entitled to, multiply the number of weeks given by the number of days usually worked (E.G. 4.2 weeks x 5 days = 21 days, 4.2 weeks x 4 days = 16.8 days etc).