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Buy & Bank Leave

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.

Due to the current ongoing pandemic (COVID19), there has been changes to the scheme for applications made in the year 2020. Changes have been included within the below information.

Attendance critera has been removed for Buy and Bank applications made this year (2020) – 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 Scheme 2020.

Banked leave will be used from 1st April 2021 onwards as it has already been agreed that leave outstanding from 2020 can be carried forward to 31st March 2021.

mySelf guidance document on “How to Request Buy & Bank Leave” can be found here.

Applications for Buy / Bank Leave must be made through an employee’s ‘mySelf’ account. The scheme will be available from 9th November – 31st December 2020. Please note, applications must be received and authorised by your manager no later than 31st December 2020.

The exigencies of the service will determine if you have the requests for bought leave authorised and when you can take it.

Unpaid Leave

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 9th November to 31st December 2020. 

View the Buy & Bank Leave FAQ for more information on this topic.

For manager guidance, click here.

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Updated on 11th December 2020

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