The Buy and Bank Leave Scheme gives you the opportunity to supplement your existing annual leave entitlement.
By allowing flexibility in working arrangements, this scheme can assist with accommodating individual circumstances subject to the needs of your individual service.
Attendance criteria has been removed for Buy and Bank applications made this year – previously, employees had to meet a minimum of 97% attendance level from 1st January to 31st December to qualify for the scheme. This is an agreement made for the Buy, Bank & Unpaid Leave Scheme for 2023.
Applications for Buy / Bank Leave must be made through an employee’s ‘mySelf’ account. The scheme will be available from 1st November 2023 – 10th December 2023. Please note, applications must be received and authorised by your manager no later than 10th December 2023.
The exigencies of the service will determine if you have the requests for bought leave authorised and when you can take it.
Employees can also apply for up to five days unpaid leave (pro rata for part time employees) in any leave year in addition to any buy or bank leave request. Unpaid leave should be requested via mySelf.
There is no qualification or justification required when making a request for unpaid leave. The exigencies of the service will determine if you have the request for unpaid leave authorised and when you can take it.
Unpaid leave allows employees to take extra leave, without pay, and for the cost of that leave to be deducted from the employee’s salary, normally, over the course of the leave year.
The exigencies of the service will determine if you have the requests for unpaid leave authorised and when you can take it.
This will normally be deducted from each pay in the twelve month period, if the request is made during the application window of 1st November 2023 to 10th December 2023.
View the Buy & Bank Leave FAQ for more information on this topic.
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