Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
Government has launched its first holiday pay advertising campaign
The ‘It comes with the job’ campaign encourages workers to understand their rights and employers to understand their legal obligations in a fairer workplace.
- confusion around holiday pay has meant that shift workers, people on zero-hour contracts and agency workers are missing out on the holiday pay they are entitled to
- the government has launched its first holiday pay advertising campaign to raise awareness of rights, as part of the modern Industrial Strategy
In the UK 1.8 million people are not receiving the holiday pay they are entitled to, resulting in them missing out on an estimated £1.8 billion each year. A new poll, commissioned by the government, recently identified that many UK workers do not understand their holiday pay rights, with half of those surveyed incorrectly believing that zero-hour contracted workers are not entitled to holiday pay.
In response, the government launched its first ‘It comes with the job’ advertising campaign encouraging workers to understand their rights and employers to understand their legal obligations in a fairer workplace.
Much of the UK working population are full-time, permanent employees on fixed hours and pay and receive the same pay even if they take holiday. However, the situation is more complex for people who do not have regular hours or do not receive the same pay each week or month. The lack of knowledge of holiday pay means that some workers such as flexible workers, people on zero-hour contracts, agency workers, and temporary staff are more at risk of not receiving the holiday pay they are entitled to.
The holiday pay advertising campaign follows the biggest upgrade to workers’ rights in a generation announced by the government in 2018 and is a vital part of its modern Industrial Strategy to create an economy that works for all. It aims to reach workers and employers through video on-demand, Spotify advertising, and digital website and social media advertising, as well as adverts in train stations and on the roadside.
The UK leads the way in workers’ rights with the government recently announcing fresh measures giving Parliament, trade unions and businesses a new and enhanced role in shaping the future of workers’ rights after Brexit.
The government has also published updated guidance providing advice to employers and workers on how to calculate holiday pay.
For more information about their rights and to calculate holiday pay, workers and employers should visit GOV.UK:
Notes to editors
The government commissioned Kantar Media to conduct a poll of over 2,000 people to understand public perceptions of holiday pay entitlement.
The Unpaid Britain Report published by Middlesex University and the Trust for London found that workers are missing out on £1.8 billion of holiday pay each year.
The government campaign aims to tackle barriers associated with holiday pay, including workers being unsure about how many paid holiday days they are entitled to and feeling unable to speak to their employer. It, and the updated guidance reflects the views express by Matthew Taylor in his Modern Working Practice review which stated that the government needs to do more to promote awareness of holiday pay entitlements.
Protecting and enhancing worker rights after the UK withdrawal from the European Union was published on 6 March 2019.
The Good Work Plan comes as the latest response to the independent Taylor Review of impact modern working practices (2017). The review found that the strength of the UK’s labour market is built on flexibility but that a clearer focus was needed on quality of work as well as the quantity of jobs.
The government’s modern Industrial Strategy published in 2017, sets out how the whole of the UK can build on its strengths, extend them into the future, and capitalise on new opportunities.
Latest News from
Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
Young inventors urged to develop technology for a changing world - from climate change to healthy ageing14/06/2019 16:43:00
Young entrepreneurs are being challenged to develop the technology of the future - from measuring air pollution to helping everyone stay healthy as they get older.
Reaching 2.4%: supporting emerging technologies14/06/2019 14:20:00
Science Minister Chris Skidmore yesterday set out how the government is backing emerging technologies, including quantum tech, in its modern Industrial Strategy.
£1 billion investment makes UK a frontrunner in quantum technologies14/06/2019 13:28:00
Investment hits a £1 billion milestone, showing the government’s modern Industrial Strategy is helping the UK lead the world in new technologies.
Welsh projects given the green light to develop the latest battery technology for electric vehicles14/06/2019 10:34:00
£1.4 million of UK Government funding allocated to battery projects across Wales.
Farming robots and eco-buildings the future as research kick-starts new innovations14/06/2019 08:10:00
Three government backed projects are set to benefit from a share of £76 million to work on ground-breaking research through the modern Industrial Strategy.
Bio-tech gets boost with new Local Industrial Strategy for Greater Manchester13/06/2019 14:01:00
A new facility to transform manufacturing processes and make them more environmentally friendly, has opened today.
Regulation rulebook rewritten to ensure UK leads tech revolution and empowers consumers12/06/2019 13:10:00
New measures will transform the UK’s regulatory system to support innovation while empowering consumers.
Green light for investment in electric car battery development12/06/2019 08:10:00
Government announces £23 million of funding for businesses large and small to develop the latest technology for electric car batteries.
Chris Skidmore speaking at COGX11/06/2019 13:10:00
Chris Skidmore yesterday speaking about the launch of the Smart Export Guarantee.