Queen’s Jubilee Bank Holiday: How to get nine days off work by booking just three days annual leave

MILLIONS of people have basked in the sunshine of a long bank holiday weekend.

And anyone wanting to enjoy more time off has another one to look forward to in just a few weeks time.

Millions of Brits are getting an extra day off to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee


Millions of Brits are getting an extra day off to celebrate the Queen’s JubileeCredit: AFP
The country is getting an extra Bank Holiday to celebrate the Queen's time on the throne
The country is getting an extra Bank Holiday to celebrate the Queen’s time on the throne

And if you want to make the most of the upcoming extra long bank holiday, there’s a way to maximise the time you get off to extend the break even more.

Choose the right dates and you could get a whopping nine days off – and you’ll only need to use three days of annual leave.

The Queen is celebrating her Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years on the throne, on the first weekend in June.

And the country will get an extra bank holiday to toast her time at Buckingham Palace on Friday, June 3.

Thursday, June 2 will also be a bank holiday, because the late May Day bank holiday, which usually falls on a Monday, has been moved to give Brits a bumper four-day weekend.

The May bank holiday weekend – which usually falls at the end of the month – has been moved to Thursday June 2 for the celebrations.

Buckingham Palace said the extra long weekend will provide “an opportunity for communities throughout the United Kingdom to come together and celebrate the historic milestone”.

It is the first time any British monarch has reached this historic milestone and the Palace today revealed that it will be celebrated in style.

That includes a huge national pudding competition and thousands of jubilee lunches will be held to honour Britain’s longest ever reigning monarch.

There will also be a Trooping the Colour parade to mark The Queen’s official birthday and a special Platinum Jubilee Beacons event which will see beacons being lit across the UK and Commonwealth for the first time.

On Friday, a Service of Thanksgiving for The Queen’s reign will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral and A Platinum Jubilee Pageant then draws a close on the four-day weekend.

Key dates to book for nine days off work

Workers can take advantage of the extra two days off by simply booking holiday for the three days before these bank holiday dates.

This means if you book off Monday, May 30, Tuesday, May 31, and Wednesday, June 1 you can get NINE days off altogether in a row.

That’s because you’ll have the previous weekend at the start too – Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29.

With those two days, plus the three days of annual leave booked, and the four-day bank holiday weekend, you can enjoy nine days off work back to back.

You’ll be out of the office from Saturday, May 28 until Monday, June 6.

Of course, it will only work if you’re not contracted to work on Bank Holidays – otherwise you might need to take more annual leave.

Full-time workers in the UK are entitled to 28 days paid leave a year, and some employers choose to include bank holidays.

You can figure out how many days holiday you are entitled to by taking the amount of days a week you work and multiplying that number by 5.6.

Whether or not you’re required to work them will be outlined in your contract of employment you will have signed when you started your job.

What other bank holidays are there in 2022?

Savvy employees will always be on the lookout for further bank holiday to maximise their time off work.

Before you do book a holiday though, make sure you ask your boss for permission for time off first, as they can actually reject your holiday request even if you’ve already paid for flights.

Further bank holidays this year are on the following days:

  • August 29 (Summer bank holiday)
  • December 26 (Boxing Day)
  • December 27 (Christmas Day substitute)

Workers who book time off from August 30 to September 2 will get a nine day break, too.

But there’s just one bank holiday, so you’ll have to use fours days of leave.

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Booking off December 28, 29 and 30 will give you 10 days work-free in a row.

Bear in mind that these days will likely be popular dates for your colleagues to book off, so you might have some competition.

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