For most workers, bank holiday It provides a welcome extra day of free time to enjoy with their family and friends.
The number of bank holiday dates people should look forward to depends on where they live in the country they live in as there is a disparity between the four countries.
So what are the public holidays in each area of the UK for the rest of this year and next, and will workers be given those days off from work?
Here’s everything you need to know.
What is a bank holiday?
Bank holiday is a national public holiday. The term refers to all public holidays in the United Kingdom, whether specified by statute, proclaimed by royal decree, or held by agreement under common law.
The term bank holiday refers to the fact that banking institutions usually close their doors for business on such holidays, as they used to do on certain Saint Days.
There are some public holidays that occur around the same time each year, or on the exact same date, but additional days are also set aside for special occasions, such as weddings and the royal jubilee.
What happens if the date of the bank holiday is on the weekend?
If a bank holiday falls on a weekend, the alternate day of the week becomes a bank holiday, usually the following Monday.
When is the next UK bank holiday?
The next UK bank holiday depends on which of the four countries you live in.
In Scotland, the next bank holiday is Wednesday, November 30, which is St Andrew’s Day.
In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the next bank holiday date is Monday, December 26, which is Boxing Day. This date is also a bank holiday in Scotland.
Are there more public holidays in 2022?
In addition to the dates mentioned above, there is another bank holiday in the UK this year.
This date is Tuesday, December 27, an alternate date for Christmas Day, which this year falls on Sunday, December 25.
What are public holidays in 2023?
Public holidays in the UK in 2023 again depend on where you live.
Here is a list of all the public holidays that will take place next year across the UK:
- Monday, January 2 (alternate New Year’s Day on Sunday, January 1)
- Friday 7 April (Goodriday)
- May 1 (bank holiday in early May)
- Monday May 29 (spring bank holiday)
- Monday December 25 (Christmas)
- Tuesday December 26 (Boxing Day)
These bank holiday dates will take place in Scotland exclusively:
- Tuesday January 3
- Monday August 7 (summer bank holiday)
- Thursday 30 November (St. Andrew’s Day)
These bank holiday dates will take place exclusively in Northern Ireland:
- Friday, March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day)
- Wednesday, July 12 (Battle of Bowen, Orangemen Day)
This bank holiday date will occur exclusively in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
- Monday 10 April (Easter)
- Monday, August 28 (summer bank holiday)
Am I entitled to leave on bank holiday?
Almost all workers are legally entitled to 5.6 weeks of paid leave per year, but bank or bank holidays do not have to be granted as paid leave, according to the government.
If workers have to work on bank holiday dates, most employers will give them an alternate date on annual leave instead, or perhaps pay them more.
The employer can also choose to include public holidays as part of the worker’s statutory annual leave.