What are the holiday entitlements for secretaries, caretakers and cleaners?
The annual leave entitlement is 4 weeks per annum for someone working full time.
The most common method for calculating holiday pay is 8% of the hours worked in a
leave year (but subject to a maximum of 4 working weeks).
For example, if an employee works 100 hours, they will be entitled to 8 hours paid
holiday leave.

What about Part-time/Term Time work?
Generally, the annual leave for part-time workers is calculated using the 8% of hours
worked method. If someone works full time for some months and works part time for
the rest, leave for the full-time and the part-time periods of work should be calculated

What about Other Leave?
Time spent on maternity leave, adoptive leave, parental leave, paternity leave, force
majeure leave and the first 13 weeks of carer’s leave is treated as continuous
employment and can be used to accumulate annual leave entitlement.

What about Public/Bank Holidays?

There are 10 public holidays as follows:
1. Christmas Day
2. St. Stephen’s Day
3. The 1st of January
4. The first Monday in February, or 1 February if the date falls on a Friday
5. St. Patrick’s Day
6. Easter Monday
7. The first Monday in May
8. The first Monday in June
9. The first Monday in August
10. The last Monday in October

Note: Good Friday is not a public holiday. While some schools and businesses close
on that day, there is no automatic entitlement to time off work on that day.

Public holiday pay is based on a part-time employee meeting the minimum
requirement of working at least 40 hours over the previous 5 weeks. It also is
dependent on the following scenarios:

1. Public holiday falls on the day the employee normally works:
Employee is entitled to a paid day off (normal pay for the day) on that day.

2. Public holiday falls on the day the employee does not normally work:
Employee is entitled to 1/5 of the normal weekly rate of pay.

3. Public holiday falls on a weekend e.g. Christmas Day / St. Stephen’s Day / New Year’s Day / St. Patrick’s Day:
Treat the next working day(s) as the public holiday and apply the same criteria as per above.


If you need any further information please email primary@fssu.ie or phone (01) 9104020.