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09th Oct 2023

How to cheat the system and get 50 days off work next year as 2024 Bank Holidays are confirmed

Steve Hopkins

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This year isn’t quite done yet, but next year could be a lot better if you get ahead on your holiday planning.

For just 27 days of annual leave, you can get 50 days off.

Great news for you; probably not so good for the boss. So best, you don’t tell them, or your colleagues for that matter.

While the UK has enjoyed the warmest September on record and October has got off to a warm start, hat’s all about to change. It’s going to get dark, and cold, as we crawl towards Christmas. We might all be ready to farewell 2023, but that’s still 80-odd days away.

But, enough doom and gloom, 2024 is shaping up as a great year to spend on holiday.

By booking days off around the Bank holidays, Brits can almost double their days off.

The Bank holidays confirmed for 2024 are:

Monday, January 1: New Year’s Day

Friday, March 29: Good Friday

Monday, April 1: Easter Monday

Monday, May 6: Early May bank holiday

Monday, May 27: Spring bank holiday

Monday, August 26: Summer bank holiday

Wednesday, December 25: Christmas Day

Thursday, December 26: Boxing Day

Let’s start with Easter. Take Monday, March 25, Tuesday, 26, Wednesday, 27 and Thursday, 28 – you’ll then have Friday, 29 and the following Monday, 1 April off for Easter.

If you’re crafty and want to push the boat out a little further put in a leave application for April 2-5. For eight days AL you’ll get two whole weeks off.

Moving on to May, book off the 2nd to the 10th, which gives you nine days off – or you can use the late May bank holiday and book off from May 28 to 31.

Hopefully, we get a cracker summer, and here’s how to really milk-it. If you get in early and secure August 27 to 30 off, you’ll get a week thanks to the summer holiday on Monday 26 August.

With a few days of leave left, make the most of Christmas by claiming December 23 and 24, December 27, and December 30 and 31. If you can, you could even book off January 2 and 3 meaning you’ll get a 16-day stretch.

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