09 Jan 2024

What are the UK Bank Holidays 2024?

What are the bank holidays in England and Wales in 2024?bank holiday calendar


Day of the week


1st JanuaryMondayNew Year’s Day
29th MarchFridayGood Friday
1st AprilMondayEaster Monday
6th MayMondayEarly May Bank Holiday
27th MayMondaySpring Bank Holiday
26th AugustMondaySummer Bank Holiday
25th DecemberWednesdayChristmas Day
26th DecemberThursdayBoxing Day

How many bank holidays are there in 2024?

In 2024, in the UK, there are eight bank holidays! So far, with New Year’s Day checked off the list, there are seven more bank holidays to enjoy in 2024. In the milder spring and summer months we enjoy four bank holidays – plenty of time to relax in the sun!

What happens if a bank holiday falls on a weekend in 2024?

If a bank holiday happens to fall on a weekend, the following Monday (aka the next working day) is designated as a bank holiday instead. Don’t worry, there is provision to ensure bank holidays benefit employees by allowing a day off from work. However, no bank holidays in 2024 fall on the weekend!

How do bank holidays affect holiday provision?

In the UK, every full-time employee has a right to at least 28 days of paid annual leave. This total can include the bank holidays, which amount to eight in the year 2024. Therefore, besides these bank holidays, employees are left with 20 more days of paid leave to utilize throughout the year. It’s important to note that this is just the minimum requirement; employers have the discretion to offer more. In fact, some companies provide the benefit of unlimited paid holidays to their employees.

Employers also have the option of not counting the bank holidays within this 28-day minimum entitlement. In such cases, employees would enjoy 28 days of leave in addition to the eight bank holidays in 2024. For a deeper understanding of your holiday rights, especially regarding bank holidays, be sure to explore our detailed blog on this topic.

Are bank holidays different in Scotland to the rest of the UK?

The answer is yes. Whilst most days are the same, the Scottish bank holidays for 2024 vary a bit from those in England and Wales. Bank Holidays also vary from those in Northern Ireland. The full list of Scottish bank holidays in 2o24 can be found here.

How many bank holidays are there in Scotland as compared to the rest of the UK in 2024.

In 2024, there are eight bank holidays in England and Wales, and 9 bank holidays in Scotland, which takes January 2nd as an extra bank holiday after New Years’ Day.

How many bank holidays are there in Northern Ireland in 2024?

Northern Ireland trumps the rest with the most bank holidays, at 10 bank holidays in 2024.

How do you keep on top of time off for UK bank holidays in 2024?

Modern payroll software simplifies the management of team leave, including bank holidays. Efficiently tracking statutory leave is essential for a smooth payroll process. For insights on selecting the best payroll software for your business, our comprehensive article, ‘How to Choose the Right Payroll Software for Your Business,’ is a must-read.

Zelt streamlines this process further. With just a click, you can request, approve, and monitor various types of leave – be it holidays, sick days, work-from-home days, parental leave, or unpaid leave. The convenience extends to managers too, who can approve requests through Slack or a mobile app, even when they’re on the move.

Gone are the days of waiting for a holiday approver to return from their vacation. With Zelt, managing time off and much more is all consolidated in one user-friendly platform.