Amendment to Employees Malta Annual Leave Entitlement

| Published on 23 Dec 2020

Amendment to Employees Malta Annual Leave Entitlement

An amendment proposed by the Minister within the Office of the Prime Minister Carmelo Abela in relation to the Malta annual leave entitlement of workers has been approved by Cabinet and will now be moved forward for Parliament approval at the start of 2021. 

This amendment proposed to the National Holidays and Other Public Holidays Act shall mean in practice, that every public holiday that falls on a Saturday or a Sunday shall be added to workers’ Malta annual leave entitlement.  Thus, annual leave entitlement shall differ annually depending on when such public holidays fall.  

By way of guidance: 

  • In 2021, an employee with a 40-hour working week is entitled to 216 hours of paid annual leave; that is, 192 hours basic leave entitlement + 24 hours in lieu of the three Public Holidays that fall on weekends. 
  • In 2022, an employee with a 40-hour working week is entitled to 224 hours of paid annual leave; that is, 192 hours basic leave entitlement + 32 hours in lieu of the four Public Holidays that fall on weekends. 
  • In 2023, an employee with a 40-hour working week is entitled to 208 hours of paid annual leave; that is, 192 hours basic leave entitlement + 16 hours in lieu of the two Public Holidays that fall on weekends. 

This proposal also, therefore, means that the basic Malta annual leave entitlement shall remain that of 192 hours annually. 
 


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