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Zero hours contracts have become increasingly popular in recent years, especially in industries such as hospitality and retail. Workers on zero hours contracts do not have a guaranteed number of hours of work per week or month, and are paid only for the hours they actually work.

One question that often arises for zero hours contract workers is whether they are entitled to annual leave. The answer, in short, is yes – zero hours contract workers are entitled to the same amount of annual leave as any other employee.

Under UK law, workers on zero hours contracts are entitled to a minimum of 5.6 weeks of paid annual leave each year. This includes bank holidays, although employers can choose to include bank holidays as part of the annual leave entitlement or give them as extra days.

Calculating the amount of annual leave you are entitled to can be a bit tricky if you don’t have a set number of hours each week. However, the calculation is based on the average hours you have worked over the past 12 weeks. For example, if you have worked an average of 20 hours a week over the past 12 weeks, you would be entitled to 112 hours of annual leave (20 x 5.6).

It’s worth noting that some employers may offer more generous annual leave entitlements than the legal minimum. If you’re unsure of your entitlement, check your contract or ask your employer.

Taking annual leave as a zero hours contract worker can be more complicated than for those on fixed contracts. You may need to give your employer more notice than usual, especially if you work irregular hours or shifts. It’s important to communicate with your employer well in advance to avoid any confusion or disputes.

In summary, zero hours contract workers are entitled to the same amount of annual leave as any other employee. If you’re unsure of your entitlement, check your contract or speak to your employer. Taking annual leave may be more complicated if you work irregular hours, but it’s important to ensure you get the time off you’re entitled to.

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