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Public Holidays

Public Holidays 2017/18 

The NHSGGC public holidays for 2017/18 have now been agreed by the Area Partnership Forum and are listed below: 

Good Friday 30th March 2018
Easter Monday 2nd April 2018
May Day 7th May 2018
September Monday 24th September 2018
Christmas Day 25th December 2018
Boxing Day 26th December 2018
New Year's Day 1st January 2019
2nd January 2019 2nd January 2019


Additional days for GP practices and NHS medical staff only (including Dental Practitioners) under Medical Staffing Annual Leave

Supporting staff who work evenings, at night, weekends and on general public holidays.

The NHS delivers patient services around the clock. Where staff are required to work to cover services in the evening, at night, over weekends and on general public holidays, the NHS Staff Council has agreed that they should receive unsocial hours payments. 

The below table outlines the enhancements to basic pay: 

Unsocial Hours Payments:

Pay band

All time on Saturday (midnight to midnight) and any week day after 8 pm and before 6 am

All time on Sundays and Public Holidays (midnight to midnight)


Time plus 50%

Double Time


Time plus 44%

Time plus 88%


Time plus 37%

Time plus 74%

4 – 9

Time plus 30%

Time plus 60%

Public Holidays

Staff required to work or to be on-call on a general public holiday are entitled to equivalent time to be taken off in lieu at plain time rates, in addition to the appropriate payment for the duties undertaken. On each and every occasion an employee takes paid time off on a public holiday as part of their basic week, the appropriate deduction of their normal basic working hours for that day will be made from their overall entitlement

Section 2: Maintaining round the clock services.

Section 13: Annual leave and general public holidays

Section 32: Annual Leave Policy.

Please contact the HR Support and Advice Unit if you wish clarification on the application of this policy.