Renfrewshire Council

Annual leave information for staff

Advice for staff about taking or carrying forward annual leave, travel advice and quarantine, bank holidays and public holidays, flexitime, flexible working and coronavirus (COVID-19) related absence.

Although holiday plans may be restricted due to coronavirus (COVID-19), it is still important to take your annual leave.

Even if you cannot go away for your holidays, it is important that you:

  • have some time away from work to relax and recharge
  • balance your work and life during the pandemic
  • look after yourself while continuing to provide critical public services. 

Looking after your health and wellbeing


Take your annual leave throughout the year

We encourage you to take your annual leave entitlement regularly and proportionately throughout 2021. This will make sure that if we return to normal operations, there aren't a lot of staff off at the same time, putting additional pressure on services and other colleagues. 

You should try to take a minimum of 6 months' worth of annual leave between 1 January 2021 and 31 July 2021. 

For example, if you work full time, 5 days per week and you have 20 days annual leave entitlement, you should take a minimum of 10 days' worth of annual leave between 1 January and 31 July 2021.

It is important that you do not get to the end of 2021 with a lot of annual leave that you haven't taken yet.


Flexible working and coronavirus (COVID-19) related absence

If you have childcare or extra caring responsibilities due to coronavirus (COVID-19), speak to your line manager in the first instance to discuss flexible working options or coronavirus (COVID-19) related absence. 

If you're a manager and you need to record a team member's absence due to coronavirus (COVID-19, either due to illness or caring responsibilities, see the manager's guide for when a team member tests positive for COVID-19.