NHS Bank Holidays 2024: All Your Questions Answered 

If you want to learn more about which NHS bank holidays you’re entitled to, keep reading! It’s important to stay informed so you can plan your time off accordingly.

Are you curious about your NHS bank holiday entitlement for 2024 and the number of bank holidays you can enjoy this year? Whether you’re planning a trip away with the extra day off or working through the bank holidays, you can find all the answers to your questions right here!

What are the bank holidays for 2024?

Here is a list of all the bank holidays for the rest of 2024: 

January 1st, 2024 – New Year’s Day 

March 29th 2024 – Good Friday

April 1st 2024 – Easter Monday

May 6th 2024 – Early May Bank Holiday

May 27th 2024 – Spring Bank Holiday

August 26th 2024 – Summer Bank Holiday

December 25th 2024 – Christmas Bank Holiday

December 26th 2024 – Boxing Day  

Do NHS staff get double pay on bank holidays? 

During national holidays, healthcare staff work diligently to provide life-saving care to patients who need it, while most of us prefer to spend the day with loved ones.

NHS staff are usually entitled to overtime pay at a rate of time and a half. However, if you work on a general public holiday, you can expect to receive double-time pay. In addition to this, full-time staff may also be given a substitute day off or lieu hours for working on a bank holiday.

Are NHS bank staff paid for holidays? 

The NHS relies heavily on the help and assistance of NHS bank staff. This helps them continue providing the healthcare service hundreds of patients require daily. NHS bank staff are also entitled to paid holidays, and holiday allowance will start from the first shift a member of NHS bank staff works. 

How many bank holidays do NHS staff get? 

As a full-time member of NHS staff, your annual leave entitlement includes eight bank holidays off in a single leave year. This amount will change if you are part-time or if you have been with the NHS for five years or more.

However, it isn’t uncommon for staff to work on NHS bank holidays because of the needs of the service and their patients. Therefore, while you may be entitled to 8 bank holidays off, you may be expected to work other bank holidays so others get a break. 

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