Another year another battle with HR around who can go on their holidays when. And if you’re reading this in February tough luck; all your colleagues were making use of this ruse back in Jan and now you’re stuck working the most annoying Easter shifts by comparison.

Because in 2022 you can game your HR department and effectively turn 25 days of annual leave into 57 days off work. How does this alchemy work? It’s simple. Just follow our easy steps.

Easter – 10 days holiday for 4 days holiday entitlement

Let’s first deal with bank holidays. Unusually there’s an extra one this year (assuming the Queen doesn’t die) to celebrate her Platinum Jubliee of being the queen. On top of the usual eight bank holiday days that’s nine (Portugal and Austria both have 13).

Easter is the big one, as ever thanks to the Good Friday and Easter Monday bank hols straddling the weekend. If you take off four days you can get a straight run of 10 days or crank it up to 16 days holiday in return for eight.

2022 Bank Holidays

Monday 3rd JANUARY – NEW YEAR’S DAY (Substitute)
FRIDAY 15th APRIL – GOOD FRIDAY
MONDAY 18TH APRIL – EASTER MONDAY
MONDAY 2nd MAY – EARLY MAY BANK HOLIDAY
Thursday 2nd June – SPRING BANK HOLIDAY
Friday 3rd June – Platinum Jubilee bank holiday
MONDAY 29TH AUGUST – SUMMER BANK HOLIDAY
MONDAY 26TH DECEMBER – Boxing Day
TUESDAY 27TH DECEMBER – Christmas Day (SUBSTITUTE)

Get onto HR now and request Monday 11th April until Thursday 14th if you want the eight day-er, or extend that until the 22nd for the whole 16 day shebang.

That’s enough time to take a long haul trip to the Far East...

For context, that’s enough time to take a long haul trip to the Far East or the Seychelles or Caribbean, all of which will be ideal temperatures around April time.

If you’re planning a trip to see relatives in New Zealand this would also be the ideal moment, though given that country currently plans to only open in March, and keeps changing its mind, you might be chancing your luck somewhat. For maximum effect, time it with the early May bank holiday.

Early May Bank Holiday – 9 days for the price of 4

The early May bank holiday offers an opportunity to grab some extra days. Burn four days but get nine days back. Your co-workers will be green with envy that you’ve only been back a week.

OR if you used it in conjunction with your Easter time that’ll be over a month for just (note most employers won’t allow this to fly, but if you’ve family abroad they just might).

Wham, Bam, Thank You M’aam (For The 9 Days For 3)

The other opportunity for significant annual leave comes thanks to Her Majesty the Queen. Who, assuming we can Ruth-Bader-Ginsberg her through to May, will celebrate her Platinum Jubilee in a weekend extravaganza.

The two bank holidays, consecutively on the Thursday and Friday 2nd and 3rd June (they’ve moved the Spring Bank Holiday) mean that for three days holiday you can score a nine day holiday.

You’ll only have been back in the country for three weeks since your last blow-out holiday over Easter! Ask your manager for 30th ‘thru’ the 1st off.

Summer Bank Holiday – Another 9 days for 4

You know the drill now, take four days holiday and drive to Gatwick after work on Friday.

And It’s Christmas Again – 3 days for 9 days away

2021’s calendar worked well for Christmas, with seven days giving you the chance to work until Christmas Eve and return to work on the 10th.

In 2022 three days off gives you nine days holiday. But you may as well turn it into seven days docked from your holiday allowance for holiday for 14 days away from the office?

And that is how you turn 25 days holiday into 57 days holiday.


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