As outlined in Circular 08/2023 new arrangements in relation to the carryover of annual leave will come into effect from the 2024 year onwards.
From 2024 onwards there will no longer be a 3 year carry over cycle. Instead, all officers will be permitted to carry over a balance of leave at the end of each leave year, the amount that officers are allowed to carry is limited in each year to a maximum of what was accrued in the year previous.
Any leave that is carried into a year, must be taken by a certain time frame or it will be forfeit. Leave can only be carried over once, i.e. leave that is carried into a year, cannot be carried over to another year.
In order to facilitate the taking of carry over leave in the year into which it has been carried, annual leave will be taken in the following order;
a. Statutory leave carried in (to be taken within the first 6 months of the leave year into which it has been carried)
b. Non-Statutory leave carried in (to be taken by the end of the leave year into which it has been carried)
c. Statutory leave accrued
d. Non-statutory leave accrued
Please see bottom of page for explanation of statutory and non-statutory annual leave.
Statutory Carry Over:
Statutory carry over can be rare, as statutory leave should normally be taken in the year in which it is accrued. In exceptional circumstances where statutory leave could not be taken in the year in which it is accrued, it can be carried over to the subsequent leave year (following manager approval), but must be taken within the first 6 months of the leave year into which it is carried or it will be forfeit.
In order to facilitate the taking of statutory leave carried into a year, the first of the annual leave balance to be taken in any leave year will be the statutory leave that was carried into that year.