Leave and Public Holidays

Information on holidays and forms required to apply for leave

Annual Leave

The councils annual leave year runs from 1 January - 31 December.

All employees are entitled to 180 hours (25 days) annual leave, rising to 216 (30 days) on completion of 5 years service (on 1 January).  Annual leave for part time employees and those who work non-standard working patterns must be calculated and taken in hours.  Examples of non-standard working patterns would include

  • part time working
  • compressed working week
  • shift working

Employees working on a sessional or term time contract will receive a pro-rata payment for annual leave and public holidays within their monthly salary

Guidance on the calculation of annual leave can be found Icon for pdf here [210.02KB]

Guidance on the application of the additional annual leave day for EFQM/CSE can be found Icon for pdf here [208.0KB]

Guidance has also been published on the taking and carry over of Icon for pdf annual leave [41.7KB] during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Public Holidays

The upcoming public holiday dates for the council are as follows


  • Wednesday 1 January
  • Thursday 2 January
  • Friday 10 April
  • Monday 13 April
  • Monday 4 May
  • Friday 25 December
  • Monday 28 December


  • Friday 1 January
  • Monday 4 January

Guidance on the arrangements in place when public holidays fall on a Saturday or Sunday can be found Icon for pdf here [300.92KB]