Annual leave and bank holidays in Scotland

We know all work and no play is boring – and bad for you. So your hard work in Scotland is rewarded with a generous amount of paid holiday from your job to enjoy. You deserve it.

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These holidays, also known as annual leave, are calculated according to the number of days you work. If you work full-time, 5 days a week, you’re normally entitled to at least 28 days of paid (statutory) holiday each year. Some companies offer even more than 28 days.

If you work part-time, you are also entitled to paid holiday each year. You can calculate the holidays you’re entitled to by multiplying the number of days you work by 5.6. For example, if you work three days a week, you’re entitled to 16.8 days paid holiday each year.

Public and bank holidays

Many organisations in Scotland close for public and bank holidays. While it’s not compulsory for employers to give you paid leave on a public or bank holiday, many do as an added incentive.

There are currently nine public and bank holidays in Scotland each year, usually on a Monday. Some of these are different to the rest of the UK. They include:

  • New Year's Day (January)
  • 2nd January
  • Good Friday (April)
  • Early May Bank Holiday (May)
  • Spring Bank Holiday (May/June)
  • Summer Bank Holiday (August)
  • St Andrew's Day (November)
  • Christmas Day (December)
  • Boxing Day (December)