Cost of living support
Colchester City Council is providing support for residents facing the cost of living crisis.
We offer generous annual leave entitlements in addition to UK bank holidays. Annual holiday allowance is calculated according to job grade and the number of years you have worked in local government service, ranging from 21 to 31 days (pro rata).
Two further extra statutory days are tied to the Christmas period. Extra statutory days are leave days which are granted by law to local government employees, in addition to public holidays and the annual leave they are given by the Council.
These must be taken on the days decided by the Council, one of which is Christmas Eve (another day will be chosen if Christmas Eve falls on a Saturday or Sunday). Special arrangements for extra statutory leave and different opening hours apply to some groups of employees.
Employees can purchase up to 5 additional days (pro rata) annual leave. The cost of this extra leave is deducted throughout the year from the employee's monthly salary.
The Council has several policies concerning leave for the following reasons:
Page last reviewed: 1 April 2020