It may seem a bit early to be planning for 2018 however, with less than 8 weeks to the New Year (sorry!), it isn’t actually too far away.
For businesses who run their holiday year from 1st April to 31st March to fall in line with the tax year, the dates of the Bank Holidays over Easter may create a slight challenge as Easter straddles March and April.
Employers who provide only the statutory minimum entitlement of 5.6 weeks holiday (28 days), need to ensure that employees still receive their legal entitlement. You may therefore have to think about allowing an extra day of holiday for the 2018-19 holiday year if you have a ’20 days plus 8 bank holidays’ clause in your contract.
A full list of the Bank Holidays is set out below for the United Kingdom and Ireland for 2018.
|Dates||England & Wales||Scotland||Northern Ireland||Republic of Ireland|
|1st January 2018||√||√||√||√|
|2nd January 2018||√|
|19th March 2018||√||√|
|30th March 2018||√||√||√|
|2nd April 2018||√||√||√|
|7th May 2018||√||√||√||√|
|28th May 2018||√||√||√|
|4th June 2018||√|
|12th July 2018||√|
|6th August 2018||√||√|
|27th August 2018||√||√|
|29th October 2018||√|
|30th November 2018||√|
|25th December 2018||√||√||√||√|
|26th December 2018||√||√||√||√|
By Kris Kerins BSc (Hons) PGC (Tech Mgmt) – Risk Services Adviser