Public holidays

You do not need to work on official public holidays, for which you will receive an extra day off.

Official public holidays

All universities recognise the following public holidays:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Good Friday
  • Easter Sunday and Easter Monday
  • King’s Day
  • Liberation Day
  • Ascension Day
  • Whit Sunday and Whit Monday
  • Christmas Day and Boxing Day

How does this affect you?

You do not have to work on official public holidays, unless the university requires you to be there. Article 4.9 of the CAO outlines all of the applicable conditions. Some universities also recognise local holidays; information about these days will be available on your university’s website or intranet.

Religious holidays

If you celebrate non-Christian religious holidays, you may use your accrued holiday leave to take those days off. You may take up to five days per year to celebrate religious holidays. Your employer may only refuse these holidays if they will demonstrably affect the institution, e.g. due to teaching or examination periods.