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Holiday Leave

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 9 March 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to how many contracted days' paid holiday on average employees in each employment category in the (a) public and (b) private sector were entitled in the latest year for which figures are available. (320648)

I have been asked to reply.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated March 2010:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking how many contracted days' paid holiday on average employees in each employment category in the (a) public and (b) private sector were entitled in the latest year for which figures are available. 320648

Estimates of average paid holiday entitlement per year are provided in the attached table by sector and by whether the employees are part-time or full-time. The estimates are derived from the Labour Force Survey (LFS). The distinction between public and private sector is based on respondents' views about the organisation for which they work. Similarly, the distinction between full-time and part-time is based purely on how respondents regard their employment status.

As with any sample survey, the estimates provided are subject to a margin of uncertainty.

Paid holiday entitlement for full-time and part-time employees by sector, three months ending December 2009, United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted

Average paid holiday entitlement (days per year)1

Public sector2

Private sector

Total

Full-time

31

23

25

Part-time

23

14

17

All employees

29

21

23

1 Excluding public holidays. 2 Includes nationalised industry or state corporation, central government, civil service, local government or council (including police, fire services and local authority controlled schools or colleges), university or other grant funded educational establishment, health authority or NHS trust and armed forces. Source: ONS Labour Force Survey.