On the 1 October 2007, the Statutory Holiday entitlement was increased from 20 days per annum to 24 days, and will be further increased to 28 days from 1 April 2009 (pro rata for part-time staff). These figures are based on working a 5 day week. As a transitional measure, employers will be allowed to continue to buy out the additional leave entitlement introduced from October 2007 until 1 October 2009.
Employees must take 4 weeks of their holiday entitlement in their holiday year. It is up to employers whether holidays on top of this can be carried into the next holiday year.