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Do I get paid for the holiday?


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By law, as an employee you are entitled to be paid during your leave. Your holiday pay depends, among other things, on the type of pay system you have in your employment relationship. Depending on your collective agreement, you may also be entitled to holiday pay.

Holiday days accrue during the leave year, i.e. 1.4.-31.3. Your holiday pay will be calculated according to the pay scale in force at the end of the leave year. The wage basis and amount of holiday pay can be based on a weekly or monthly salary, an average daily salary, or a so-called percentage-based holiday pay.

Monthly or weekly salary ​​​​​​​

You work more than 14 days/month or more than 35 hours/month and receive a monthly or weekly salary. You will receive the normal rate of pay, i.e. the same as at any other time. Any bonuses that are not temporary bonuses are also added to your holiday pay.

Hourly or contract rate

If you work part-time (hourly) on a regular basis for at least 14 days a month, your holiday pay is based on the average daily wage. If you work less than 14 days but at least 35 hours a month, your holiday pay is based on a percentage. 

Your holiday pay is usually based on the average daily wage. You can calculate your average daily pay by dividing your pay for the leave year (1.4.–31.3.) by the number of days worked. This figure is then multiplied by the coefficient in the law for annual leave, which corresponds to the number of days of leave.

In some sectors, collective agreements specify that holiday pay is calculated on the basis of average hourly earnings. In this case, you will find the relevant coefficients for calculating holiday pay in your collective agreement. So you should start by checking your employment contract to see whether your employment relationship is covered by a collective agreement and, if so, for which sector.

For more information on how holiday pay for hourly and contract work is calculated, see the employment database.

What if you don’t have time to accumulate vacation days?

If your employment relationship is very short or if you work part-time for several employers, for example, it is possible that you will not have time to accrue annual leave or take it during your employment. However, you are still entitled to annual leave. Usually, you will be paid in cash, i.e. as holiday compensation. Read more about holiday compensation.

When will my holiday pay be paid? ​​​​​​​

If your holiday lasts more than six days, your employer must pay you holiday pay before your holiday starts. If your holiday lasts six days or less, your employer can pay your holiday pay on the normal payday.

In addition to holiday pay, you may be entitled to holiday bonus. However, this is not a statutory right, but is based on a collective agreement or an agreement between you and your employer. Read more about holiday bonus.

Remember to check your holiday pay calculation! ​​​​​​​

It is your employer’s responsibility to give you a calculation of your annual holiday pay. The calculation is given at the same time as the holiday pay or holiday allowance is paid. Remember to check that your holiday pay or allowance is determined and calculated according to what you and your employer have agreed in your contract of employment.

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