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Annual Leave Hacks for 2024

Annual Leave Hacks for 2024
28 February 2024 | Updated 29 February 2024

64 per cent of Brits plan to go on holiday in the next year, and planning around England and Wales’ bank holidays can maximise that time off.


2024 Bank Holidays



  • 29 March – Good Friday
  • 1 April – Easter Monday
  • 6 May – Early May Bank Holiday
  • 27 May – Spring Bank Holiday
  • 26 August – Summer Bank Holiday
  • 25 December – Christmas Day
  • 26 December – Boxing Day


Recruitment company Jefferson Frank has figured out how UK holidaymakers can effectively double their time off this year by using a holiday hack that takes advantage of this year’s bank holidays. 

March brings the first opportunity for workers to swap four days of annual leave for a 10-day break by booking off the days in the run-up to Good Friday (Friday March 29).

The days following Easter Monday (Monday April 1) present the next potential holiday hack, offering workers nine days in place of four. Alternatively, anyone eager to escape for even longer can request both sets of holidays off and end up with 19 consecutive days away from work to spend however they please. 

May brings two opportunities for workers to swap four days of annual leave for a nine-day break by either booking off the days in the run-up to Early May Bank Holiday (Monday May 6) or the days following Spring Bank Holiday (Monday May 27). Combining both options, they could score an 18-day holiday with just eight days’ leave.  

The next chance to maximise time off comes in August. Whether workers are planning on jetting off abroad or enjoying a staycation, they can request the rest of the week off after the Summer Bank Holiday (Monday August 26) and have nine days away from work.  

Christmas offers the final – and most effective – opportunity of the year to stretch out annual leave. Employees who request Monday to Tuesday, and Friday off following Christmas Day (Wednesday December 25) and Boxing Day (Thursday December 26) can more than triple their annual leave turning three days into 10 for a work-free holiday season. And if they’re also able take off the remainder of the week following New Year’s Day (Monday January 1), this extends the run to 12 days.

Picture: a photograph of a sunny beach showing the clear sea, a shadow of two people (one being a child) can be seen in the water. Image Credit: Unsplash

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 28 February 2024


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