Twenty- seven of the above thirty days of holiday is included in the industry’s Holiday Credits Scheme. Operatives should check that their employer is purchasing combined holiday and welfare credits for them, as this provides the cover for the industry’s Sick Pay Scheme and Life and Accident Insurance (details at the end of this section). Holiday Credits are based on service in the industry. Holiday Pay for Christmas / New Year and “Winter Week” holidays are accumulated between the preceding May and September, Spring Week between September and December and Annual Summer Holiday between December and May.

The three days of holiday not covered by the credit scheme are one day of Spring Holiday, one day of Autumn Holiday and the May Day holiday for which employers are obliged to pay the normal hours that would have been worked on these days including any applicable top-up payments. Provided an employee is at work (or available for work) on the last working day before the holiday and the working day immediately following the holiday.

Below is the holiday credit chart which details the dates holiday credits are paid for the 3 holiday periods, Easter, Summer and Christmas.

Holiday Credit Scheme Chart 2015 to 2016