SAVVY workers can bag 18 days off in a row with just nine days of annual leave using a nifty bank holiday hack.
Put in your leave requests now to get ahead of your colleagues as you can cleverly double your holiday allowance by taking key dates in April and May next year.
By requesting leave over key Easter and May Day bank holiday dates, you can give yourself nearly three full weeks off work while still getting paid.
Monday to Friday workers can pull off the trick by requesting holiday between the Easter Monday and May Day bank holidays.
By taking the nine working days off between those dates, you will be off work from Good Friday on April 19, 2019, until after the May Day bank holiday on May 7.
This year the dates weren't close enough to pull off the annual leave hack, but next year the bank holidays are close enough together for the trick to work.
When do the 2019 bank holidays fall?
WITH a bit of planning you can double your holiday. Here's how it works::
Easter 2019 - Take nine days off for a 18-day holiday
- Book off: April 23 – May 3. Bank holidays: April 19, 22, and May 6. Your holiday: April 19 - May 7
Late May bank holiday
- Take four days off for a nine-day holiday. Book off: May 28 - 31. Bank holidays: May 27. Your holiday: May 25 - June 2.
August bank holiday
- Take four days off for a nine-day holiday Book off: August 27 - 30. August Bank holidays: August 26. Your holiday: August 24 - September 1.
- Take five days off for a 12-day holiday. Book off: December 23, 24, 27, 30 and 31. December Bank Holidays: december 25, 26, and January 1. Your holiday: December 21 - January 1.
There are three bank holidays between April 19 and May 7 next year: Good Friday, Easter Monday, and May Day.
Combined with the weekends, requesting the days off in between will give you an 18-day holiday - more than half a month off.
If you work bank holidays and weekends, it's unlikely the trick will work for you.
But those with a regular shift pattern could take advantage - if your boss approves the leave, of course.
There are other ways to double your annual leave next year too, as our handy guide reveals.
Most workers in Britain are entitled to 28 days off a year, although this varies between workplaces.
But with some planning, you can beat the system and bag more than double that - including taking four days of leave for a nine-day holiday around the last May bank holiday date.
If you're in need of a long holiday much sooner than April 2019, then you can also use an annual leave hack over Christmas.
Because Christmas Eve falls on a Monday this year, you can get 11 days off over Christmas using just four days of annual leave.
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