Calculating holiday entitlement for part-year and irregular hours workers

Closed 9 Mar 2023

Opened 12 Jan 2023


Following the recent Supreme Court judgment in Harpur Trust v Brazel, the Government is looking to consult on the calculation of holiday entitlement received by part-year and irregular hours workers.

The Government proposes to introduce a holiday entitlement reference period for part-year and irregular hours workers, to ensure that their holiday pay and entitlement is directly proportionate to the time they spend working. The Government also wants to understand how entitlement is currently calculated for agency workers and how the consultation proposal might be implemented.

This consultation may be of interest to employers, workers, business representative groups, unions and those representing the interests of groups in the labour market.

Read the full consultation document on GOV.UK


  • SMEs (small and medium businesses)
  • Large businesses (over 250 staff)
  • Trade bodies
  • Medium business (50 to 250 staff)
  • Micro business (up to 9 staff)
  • Small business (10 to 49 staff)
  • Trade union or staff association
  • Employment lawyers
  • Employment advisers
  • Businesses
  • Individual employees
  • HR professionals
  • HR organisations


  • Workplace rights