Jess Commons | Deputy Editor | Tuesday, 17 March 2015

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Here's Exactly Which Days You Need To Take Off This Year To Turn Your 25 Days Of Annual Leave Into 55

The Debrief: Yep, you read that right. Also, you need to start now.

So, according to this map, we’re actually pretty darn lucky when it comes to the minimum number of days we’re allowed to take off from work each year. According to the law, most workers are legally allowed 28 days off per year (although this can include bank holidays). Spare a thought then for our friends in the US who don’t legally get any paid time off unless their boss says they can – a struggle only shared by workers in India, Liberia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Sorry guys :(

Most people we know in the UK though end up with roughly around 25 days off a year, depending on how lenient their boss is when it comes to things like bank holidays and Christmas, and yet we’re still complaining that we don’t get enough time off.

To help you out, we’ve worked out exactly which days to take off this year to get the absolute most out of your allotted holiday. Although this exercise involved a very real struggle with a lot of maths we haven’t used in several years, we did manage to get you across the year – one 16-day holiday, three 9-day holidays and one 12-day holiday; all adding up to the princely sum of 55 days of holiday.

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Here’s how to maximise your hols just by booking off the italicised days below...

In March and April take off eight days
SATURDAY/SUNDAY
Monday 30th
Tuesday 31st
Wednesday 1st
Thursday 2nd
FRIDAY BANK HOLIDAY/SATURDAY/SUNDAY/MONDAY BANK HOLIDAY
Tuesday 7th
Wednesday 8th
Thursday 9th
Friday 10th
SATURDAY/SUNDAY
Total run: 16 days off

In early May take off four days
SATURDAY/SUNDAY/MONDAY BANK HOLIDAY
Tuesday 5th
Wednesday 6th
Thursday 7th
Friday 8th
SATURDAY/SUNDAY
Total Run: 9 days off

In late May take off four days
SATURDAY/SUNDAY/MONDAY BANK HOLIDAY
Tuesday 26th
Wednesday 27th
Thursday 28th
Friday 29th
SATURDAY/SUNDAY
Total Run: 9 days off

In September take off four days
SATURDAY/SUNDAY/MONDAY BANK HOLIDAY
Tuesday 1st
Wednesday 2nd
Thursday 3rd
Friday 4th
SATURDAY/SUNDAY
Total Run: 9 days off

In December take five days off
Wednesday 23rd
Thursday 24th
FRIDAY BANK HOLIDAY/SATURDAY/SUNDAY/MONDAY BANK HOLIDAY
Tuesday 29th
Wednesday 30th
Thursday 31st
FRIDAY BANK HOLIDAY/SATURDAY/SUNDAY
Total Run: 12 days off

TOTAL HOLIDAY: 55 Days

You’re welcome.

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