Holiday Pay and the Welfare Credit Scheme

The Recognised Holiday Year

The holiday shall commence on the first working Monday in January and concludes on the Sunday preceding the first working Monday in January of the succeeding year.

Entitlent to Annual Holidays

With effect from Monday, 7 January 2019 an Operative with one full year of service shall be entltled to  23 days annual holiday and eight days public holiday, total 31 days.

With effect from Monday, 6 January 2020 an Operative with one full year of service shall be entltled to  24 days annual holiday and eight days public holiday, total 32 days.

An Operative who commences employment part way through the year shall receive pro rata annual leave.

Calculating Holiday Pay 

The formula for the calculation (of the amount of holiday pay per week) is as follows:

     Total eligible earnings in the last 12 weeks*


This guidance only applies to the 20 days of annual leave (inclusive of public holidays) derived from the EU Working Time Directive (Euro Days). The remaining 11 days (12 days in 2020) need only be paid at an Operatives basic rate. 

* For detailed information refer to SJIB 07/2018 Circular on the Home Page.

Holiday with Pay Scheme

The Holiday With Pay Scheme is a fully flexible scheme designed to act as a savings scheme to enable members to put money aside for their employees full holiday entitlement, payments can also include top up and some office staff can be included meaning more savings can be made.

Money can be paid into the scheme whenever it suits the employer and also withdrawn as and when it is needed for employees taking different weeks/days throughout the year. 
A welfare credit is paid for separately to holiday pay and gives various benefits including sick pay, death benefit and BUPA cover as the attached table shows. Table of Benefits.

Download the current Guidance on the Holiday with Pay Scheme(PDF)

Holiday Credits Scheme

The holiday credit scheme covers 27 days out of the 31 days entitlement for all operatives that money is paid in for.

There are 3 public holidays that are not covered by the credits and the company are responsible for paying for these – Spring, May Day and one day of the autumn holidays.

The SJIB have the following 3 payouts periods each year:

  • March for the 5 days at Easter
  • June for the 12 days in Summer
  • December for the 10 days at Christmas

By purchasing holiday credits this entitles both operatives and staff members to various benefits such as sick pay, death in service benefit and BUPA. Table of Benefits

All holiday credits are based on the shop rate so anyone on a higher rate would be due top up on their holiday pay to their normal earnings for the full 31 days of holiday.

This chart shows the current dates the holiday credits are collected for the relevant holiday period.

Download the current Holiday Welfare Credit Scheme Chart (PDF).

For more information on any of our holiday schemes email or or call on 0131 445 9213