How To Turn Your 25 Days Annual Leave Into 55 Days Holiday in 2019

By Phil Clarke, Editor of The Handbook website Phil Clarke |
29th December 2018

Along with plagues of frogs, locusts and the slaying of first-borns, sits the curse of working between Christmas and New Year. If you’re down for the graveyard shift this year then you’ll be doubly kicking yourself under your desk while everyone else knocks back egg nog and pigs in blankets, because for just three days leave you could have had ten days leave. You might’ve jetted off to an Australian summer leaving a three day dent in your hols allowance. Instead you’ll be commuting on the loneliest tube trains ever, pretending to work (obviously nobody actually does anything between Christmas and New Year) for eight hours and taking liberties on the lunch breaks. Or, you could be filing your holiday days for 2019 instead.

New year, new holiday allowance. The clock resets (you might even have taken some days to carry over), so here’s how you can totally game 2019 and maximise your holiday days to squeeze 55 days holiday out of your measly 25 day holiday allowance.

As with the ten day Christmas wheeze all your more savvy colleagues just pulled, the key here is bank holidays. So┬álet’s start with Easter. Fancy taking 16 days off while just burning 8 days of annual leave? Course you do. Fine. Good Friday and Easter Monday fall on the 19th and 22nd of April, so if you take off 15th to 18th April and then 23rd until 26th April as time off, you’ll spend the entirety of 13th until 28th April on whatever island getaway you’ve planned. Genius, right?

And that’s not all. You’ve still got 17 days left, right?

Your co-workers will only just be used to your face again because you’re off on another nine day jaunt in May for four days leave, or if you’re willing to sacrifice another eight days an enormous 18 days off! To take advantage of the May Day bank holiday take off the 7th until the 10th. and take 28th until the 31st off to make the most of the bank holiday at the end of the month.

Nice work. Nine days left to spend. Let’s gun for the August bank holiday next. Use four days to take the rest of the week off and, with the weekends either side, you’ll get a nice nine day holiday.

What about Christmas? You’ve still got 5 days left, so no problem. Book off the 23rd, 24th, 27th, 30th and 31st and when you factor in the bank holidays you’ll find you’ve managed another 12 days holiday.

Say thank you in January 2020. And before we go to press, I’m just going to forward this article to HR and beat the rush…

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