Last changed: 16 August 2023

The employer is responsible for planning holiday leave each year and ensuring that the employees take their holiday. If you are employed for the entire calendar year, you have the right to take four consecutive weeks from June to August, unless you and your employer have agreed on something else. You have to take at least 20 days of holiday leave every calendar year.

Number of days

  • 28 days up to and including the year the employee turns 29
  • 31 days from year they turn 30
  • 35 days from the year they turn 40.

Apply for holiday leave on the web (Primula self-service). The head of department (or equivalent) grants the application.

You can only apply for holiday for full days. Only workdays count as holiday leave.

Saved days

When you take your holiday, holiday leave for the current year is counted first, followed by the saved days.

You have to take 20 days of holiday leave every calendar year. You may save the extra days but are only permitted to have saved 30 days at the end of the year.

Transitional provisions:

Employees who, on 1 January 2018, had more than 30 days of accrued leave may use up these leave days during a 5-year period. No employee must have more than 30 days of accrued leave on 31 December 2022.

If you have not been able to take your holiday due to e.g. illness and you have more than 30 saved days of holiday leave, you get paid for the extra days in February–March the following year.

If you have remaining holiday leave at SLU when your employment ends, you will be paid for the holiday in cash. The payment is made the month after you leave and consists of 4.6% of your fixed salary plus holiday supplement per leave day.

Holiday leave if you work part of the year

If you are only employed for part of the year, your holiday leave will be calculated as follows:

Number of days you have been employed x annual holiday = number of paid days of holiday leave / 365 (366 during leap year).

The number of holiday leave days is rounded upward, but if you are entitled to less than half a day, no holiday is granted.

Leave of absence – holiday

If you take a leave of absence, it will affect the number of paid days of holiday leave. Long-term illness can also affect holiday leave. This, however, does not apply to parental leave with parental pay, certain types of study leave and 60-day leave for military service.

Unpaid holiday

If you were hired before 1 September but have not worked at SLU for the entire year, you still have the right to take 5 weeks of holiday leave. If you were hired after 1 September you have the right to one week of holiday leave. You accordingly have the right to holiday leave, but are only paid for the leave days according to the above formula. The remaining days are unpaid. You are on holiday leave but will receive no salary. When you take unpaid holiday leave, 4.6% is deducted from your fixed salary for every day of holiday leave.