Plan your holiday so you have enough for the whole year

Find out how to plan your holiday so that you have enough for the whole year. Our legal adviser gives you an overview.

You have a total of 25 holiday days, which you must take in the period 1 September – 31 December the following year - of which you must take 15 consecutive days over the summer. 

You can spend the other days whenever you want.

You accrue 2.08 holidays each month. It is possible to take holidays before you've earned them. You can do so by making an agreement in writing with your employer. Note that your employer is not obligated to make such an agreement.

In addition to your main holiday, you can take the holidays you are entitled to and time off in lieu if you have it. 

Read: Rules for taking holidays

Christmas break and winter holidays: How to get enough holidays

It is the end of October, and you have 2.92 days left in your holiday account after a much-needed autumn break. During October and November, you save 4.16 days, leaving you with 1.24 days of paid holidays on November 30.

But if you also want to take a holiday between Christmas and New Year, you will need up some more days. You have 1.24 days of paid holiday ready and therefore need 2.76 days of holiday to take the Christmas holiday.

You therefore agree with your boss that you take your holiday in advance. You accrue 2.08 days in December and the last 0.68 days of the 2.08 days you earn at the end of January.

On 31 January, you will have accrued 1.4 days of paid holiday and will have taken a total of 9 holidays in the new holiday year, which started on 1 September. Therefore, you still have 16 days left. This gives you a summer holiday of 3 weeks plus one extra day.

It also means that if you want to take a winter holiday, you must have been granted 5 days off by collective agreement or other agreement.

Read also: Transfer of holiday and holiday pay

Read also: remember to take your holidays before the end of the holiday year

Summer holiday: How to get enough days off for three weeks' holiday

You have a total of 25 days of paid holiday, which you must take during the holiday year plus the four months up to the end of the year. The holiday period we are currently in therefore runs from 1 September to 31 December of the following year.

According to the Holiday Act, your main holiday - the 15-day summer holiday - must be taken consecutively between 1 May and 30 September.

However, you can again make an agreement with your employer, for example that you only use 10 days - but not less than that - and then save the last 5 days for later. These 5 days must be taken consecutively and you can then either use them to secure your autumn holiday in the next holiday year or use them at another given time before 31 December.

On your payslip, you can keep an eye on how many holiday days you have left. In many workplaces, there is also an HR system where you as an employee have access to follow your holiday accounts.

NOTE: If you resign from your position at a time when you have taken holiday in advance and have not yet earned the missing  holidays, your employer will be entitled to set off the holidays you have taken in advance in your salary / holiday payment.

Read also: rules for taking holidays