Benefits of working for us

Annual leave entitlement for our employees

Our employees receive very generous annual leave entitlements, according to the employees’ length of service and grade, in addition to eight public holidays each year. The basic entitlements in working days, based on full time employees working a five day week, and in working weeks are as follows:

Grade Less Than 5 Years After 5 years After 10 years After 15 years After 20 years
Craft 24 Days (4.8 weeks) 29 Days (5.8 weeks)      
CX, Director, Head of Service/Assistant... 32 Days (6.4 weeks)   35 Days (7 Weeks    
S1a - S4 and Apprentices 23 Days (4.6 weeks) 28 Days (5.6 weeks) 29 Days (5.8 weeks) 30 Days (6 weeks) 31 Days (6.2 weeks)
S5 - S6 26 Days (5.2 weeks) 28 Days 29 Days (5.8 weeks) 30 Days (6 weeks) 31 Days (6.2 weeks)
SO1 - PO2B 28 Days (5.6 weeks)   31 Days (6.2 weeks)    

Distribution of leave

Employees may take their annual leave however they choose, including in hours. This is subject to the needs of the service and employees are encouraged to spread their annual leave throughout the year and to take reasonable periods of leave to ensure a break from work.

Additional leave (holiday purchase)

Employees may request up to two working weeks’ additional leave in any leave year, which they will then pay for by deduction from their salary. This leave can be a continuous period of anything from one day to two weeks and is no longer restricted to whole weeks. The costs can be deducted in a single lump sum or in instalments over a period of no more than 12 months, starting from the month after the leave is taken.