Holiday Pay for PAYE Agency Workers

Posted on 2/11/2014 by Emma Dadswell


As part of the Working Time Regulations (1998), PAYE Agency Workers are entitled to paid annual leave as outlined below –

  • 28 days or 5.6 weeks annual leave per year to include bank holidays
  • The holiday entitlement is 12.07% as a percentage of your pay.
  • The 12.07% figure is 5.6 weeks’ holiday, divided by 46.4 weeks (being 52 weeks – 5.6 weeks).  
  • Handle’s holiday year follows the tax year and runs from 6 April until 5 April.
  • Holiday pay accrues from the date of your first assignment with Handle until 5 April and you must claim holiday pay before the year runs out.
  • Leave cannot be carried forward from one holiday year to the next.
  • You can only claim holiday pay for days you have accrued.
  • The only time you can get paid in place of taking statutory leave ( 'payment in lieu') is on termination of employment.
  • You will receive any untaken accrued holiday pay when we issue your P45.

How do I claim holiday pay?

Once your holiday has been agreed with your line manager please send an email of these dates to if you wish to receive pay from your holiday accrual balance. You will not be paid for any holiday including statutory bank holidays unless you request payment by sending an email.

What happens to submission of timesheets if I am on holiday?

You will not need to enter on InTime the timesheet information for the days or hours when you do not work and are on annual leave. Please leave the field relating to these dates blank.

Please remember to send an email to the payroll team for the dates of your annual leave if you wish to use your accrued holiday balance and receive payment for these dates.

How do I claim holiday pay if I have not accrued enough holiday balance?

We can only arrange payment of your holiday from your holiday balance which is shown on your pay slip each week.

Please remember it is your responsibility to claim your holiday pay.

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