How to make the most of your days off in 2019

If you are employed full time, you are typically expected to work about 21 days per month or 252 days in the year. You should have at least 15 days of leave, and there are 12 public holidays.

By using your annual leave around the public holiday dates, you can extend the days you can be out of the office.

Employers should take note too. Staff would understandably want to get the most time off with their leave, and so managing employee numbers on the dates below will ensure happy staff while keeping your doors open for business.

2019 Public Holidays

Day Date Holiday
Tuesday 1 January New Year's Day
Thursday 21 March Human Rights Day
Friday 29 March Good Friday
Monday 1 April Family Day
Saturday 27 April Freedom Day
Wednesday 1 May Workers Day
Wednesday 8 May Election Day
Sunday 16 June Youth Day
Monday 17 June 16 June is a Sunday
Friday 9 August National Women's Day
Tuesday 24 September Heritage Day
Monday 16 December Day of Reconcilliation
Wednesday 25 December Christmas Day
Thursday 26 December Day of Goodwill

By taking a day before or after a public holiday long weekend, you can get a better break with the least use of annual leave.

Apply for leave on these days

Leave days Dates requested Time off
1 22 March 4 days
2 2 , 3 May 5 days
2 9 , 10 May 5 days
4 23, 25, 26, 27 September 9 days
6 23, 24, 27, 28, 30, 31 December 12 days
Total days taken Total days out of office
15 35 days

Hope you have a great 2019.


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