Introduction to annual leave
We encourage you to use your annual leave entitlement throughout the year, as part of a positive work-life balance.
All annual leave must be requested an approved through iTrent using Employee Self-Service (ESS).
It is important to emphasise that annual leave needs to be requested by you and approved by your line manager before it is confirmed. Requests will not be unreasonably refused but there could be reasons that you are unware of why your request may have to be rejected. Therefore, it is important that you wait until you have received the electronic confirmation that your leave request has been approved before booking any accommodation, flights etc. for a holiday.
Here is information about leave entitlements, calculations and the harmonisation of leave years.
Booking annual leave
Amending your leave
Starters & leavers
Sickness during annual leave
If you fall sick during the course of annual leave you are regarded as being on sick leave from the date specified on a doctor’s medical note. You are entitled to take the balance of the annual leave at a later date after returning to work.
If you are absent from work due to sickness you will continue to accrue annual leave and will be entitled to take this balance on your return to work. Read our guidance on sickness absence