Get 2 Months Off Work Using Only 28 Days of Annual Leave

New research from workplace solutions expert Officeology has calculated the best options for Brits to make the most out of their annual leave for 2023–2024.

Being savvy with Bank Holidays in the next year means employees can enjoy up to 56 days off work, and here’s how to do it.

With Christmas falling on a Monday this year, Brits can enjoy a two-week festive break (23rd December 2023 – 7th January 2024) by only using seven days of annual leave (27th, 28th, 29th, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th).

But, if you want to make your annual leave go even further, you could use only three days’ holiday for 10 days off (23rd December 2023 – 1st January 2024). The only days you would need to book as annual leave are the 27th, 28th and 29th.

In March/April 2024, the much-loved four-day Bank Holiday for Easter means employees can use only four days of annual leave (25th, 26th, 27th, 28th) to get nine days off (23rd March 2024 – 2nd April 2024).

With two Bank Holidays to maximise in May 2024, Brits can look forward to 18 days off (4th May 2024 – 12th May 2024 and 25th May 2024 –2nd April 2024) whilst only using eight days of annual leave (7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 28th, 29th, 30th and 31st).

Finally, the last summer Bank Holiday in August lets Brits enjoy nine days off (24th August 2024 – 1st September 2024) while only using four days of holiday allowance (27th, 28th, 29th, 30th).

Adam Butler, the workplace well-being expert at Officeology, explains why it’s important for both employees and employers to maximise annual leave:  “From an employee’s perspective, it’s important to make the most of your annual leave and use up your allowance each year to ensure a positive work/life balance. You’ll feel refreshed after your annual leave, meaning increased productivity levels and better focus.

“Furthermore, employers must encourage their staff to take annual leave to avoid burnout and ensure their staff’s well-being. Staff will feel rejuvenated after having a break from work, meaning better productivity and quality of work in the long run.”