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Public Holidays and Leave

Statutory Leave: Full time staff are entitled to 10 statutory and public holidays per year. For staff that work less than full time hours this leave is pro rata and is calculated in hours.

The expected dates of bank and public holidays in Northern Ireland for this year, and the next year are listed below.

Holidays 2023
New Year's Day

2 January

St Patrick's Day

17 March

Easter Monday

10 April

Easter Tuesday

11 April

Early May Bank Holiday

1 May

Bank holiday for the Coronation of HM King Charles III

8 May
Spring Bank Holiday

29 May

12th July Holiday

12 July

Summer Bank Holiday

28 August

Christmas Day

25 December

Boxing Day

26 December

New Year's Day 2024

1 January 2024

When the usual date falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the 'substitute day' is normally the following Monday. 

Time off for employees

Though many HSC employees receive the day off work on bank and public holidays, due to the nature of our services some staff will have to work on these days. Any right to time off or extra pay for working on a public holiday will be detailed in your contract of employment.

Annual Leave

Full-time staff are entitled to the following levels of annual leave. 

  • On Entry - 27 days
  • After 5 years service - 29 days
  • After 10 years service - 33 days

For staff who work less than full-time hours this leave is pro-rata and is calculated in hours.