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How to book annual leave

You’ll build up paid annual leave from your first shift and for every hour you work.

To book leave and check how many hours you have, log onto our holiday booking system, or access it directly from My:Bank.

Tip: your login and password details for the holiday booking system are the same as your My:Bank login details.

We’ve created a step-by-step user guide for annual leave but here are some key points to remember:

  • Your annual leave year starts from the date of your first shift, not the date you joined the Bank. For example, if you joined the Bank on 3 January 2021 but booked your first shift on 3 February 2021, your annual leave year will run from 3 February 2021 to 2 February 2022
  • You can’t book annual leave and a working shift at the same time. But if you change your mind and decide to work a shift, you can cancel your holiday booking and rebook to a more suitable time
  • When you book leave, the booking system will automatically authorise and release your timesheet for payment and you’ll be paid in the same way as normal bank shifts
  • Your paid hours do not include lunch or tea breaks and they are limited to 37.5 hours per week
  • You can claim annual leave once you’ve worked a minimum of one shift per week over a 12-week period
  • You can’t roll over unclaimed annual leave into the next year, so make sure book all your leave before it expires at the year end. Use it or lose it!