It’s always been possible to shuffle your holidays to align with bank holidays so you can get longer blocks out of the workplace, such as taking the Friday off before a Bank Holiday Monday, but 2022 gives a bit more than usual.

Assuming you’re a classic Mon-Fri worker, then there are three times in 2022 when the bank holidays align neatly to give you nearly two weeks out of the workplace each time by just booking a few days between the bank holidays. Assuming the boss approves your holiday request that is.

For example, by booking the four days off after Easter, you get four days of weekends and two bank holidays, making a total of 10 days out of the workplace.

This year, because of the long Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend, you get a similar punch, where you only need to book three days off work, to be out of the workplace for nine days all told.

And although not unique to this year, many people overlook the opportunity to have a very long Christmas holiday by booking just three days out of the workplace.

  • Bank Holidays
  • Weekends
  • Your holiday dates

April 2022

This happens most years, thanks to the Easter double bank holidays. Use up 4 days of your holiday, to get a 10-day block of holiday time.

15th April Good Friday
16th April Saturday
17th April Sunday
18th April Easter Monday
19th April Your holiday
20th April Your holiday
21st April Your holiday
22nd April Your holiday
23rd April Saturday
24th April Sunday

May/June 2022

Thanks to the Queen’s Jubilee bank holidays, you can use 3-days of holiday time to get a 9-day block off work.

28th May Saturday
29th May Sunday
30th May Your holiday
31st May Your holiday
1st June Your holiday
2nd June Bank Holiday
3rd June Bank Holiday
4th June Saturday
5th June Sunday

Christmas 2022

This is not unique to 2022 as it happens every year, but if you book the dates between Christmas and New Year, you always get 10-days off work for the use of 3-days of holiday time.

Depending on your home situation though, I personally find working to be more pleasant as work is usually very quiet over the Christmas period, so you can put your feet up and all your colleagues think you’re a wonderful person for giving up your Christmas so they can have time off work.

Little do they know!

24th December Saturday
25th December Sunday
26th December Bank Holiday
27th December Bank Holiday
28th December Your holiday
29th December Your holiday
30th December Your holiday
31st December Saturday
1st January Sunday
2nd January Bank Holiday
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8 comments
  1. Maurice Reed says:

    Some of us get EVERY day off, we’re retired 🤣🤣

    Happy New Year to all.

  2. ChrisC says:

    This assumes that Bank Holidays are over and above your holiday entitlement and not included as part of it (which employers are entitled to do)

    • ianVisits says:

      It makes many assumptions — because it’s an article aimed at the “classic Mon-Fri worker”, not a 16-page essay designed to cover all legal situations.

  3. Petra Abendroth says:

    Well said, Ian (lmao)

  4. Andy J says:

    Thanks – found this article very useful for planning my holidays this year.

  5. Mike Oxlong says:

    The last few years people have been getting extra time off by “claiming” they might have covid and self isolating and just adding it to their annual leave.
    This is especially rife in the NHS and civil service. Can’t blame them I suppose

    • ianVisits says:

      Apart from the people who physically need to be in the building, anyone isolated due to a positive test, but not showing symptoms is expected to carry on working from home normally.

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