NHS Blood and Transplant People First

Buying Annual Leave

(Please note: The application window to buy annual leave for the year 2019/20 has now closed - managers have until 23rd of April for approval)

Do you have a special occasion this year? Are you planning a big holiday? Or would you just like a bit of extra time off at home? For the 2019/20 annual leave year you will be able to buy up to 1 week of additional annual leave. The windows opens on Thursday 14th of March. The maximum amount of annual leave that you can buy will be based on your weekly contracted hours at the time you make your application. For example, if you are contracted to work 3 days a week (22.5 hrs), you will be able to purchase a maximum of 3 days (22.5 hrs).

If you want to request to buy leave follow the process below:

  • You will need to discuss and agree your annual leave requirements with your manager as they need to approve any application you submit. 
  • Read the 'Conditions for Buying Annual Leave' before applying along with the 'FAQs'
  • Complete the Calculator to estimate the cost for buying the additional leave, and save the file. Note: The deductions from your salary will be over a 9 month period.
  • Complete the buying annual leave request form and attach the Calculator estimate spreadsheet.
  • If your leave year runs from the anniversary of your start date you will need to ensure that your application is approved and submitted at least 3 weeks before the start of your 2019 annual leave year.

*You must be connected to the NHSBT network in order to access the request form*

If you are a manager you will need to read the information below in 'Managers Information' section. All requests must be approved by 23rd April.

NOTE: for Managers and Budget Holders. Requests for approval will be automatically emailed to you via the IT Servicedesk email address - NHSBT IT Service Desk with a Subject title of ‘Buying Annual Leave Approval Request’. Please do not delete the email until you have approved or rejected the application.

Manager Information

As a manager you will need to complete the following process to ensure any request from your employees to buy annual leave is reviewed and approved/rejected;

  • Discuss with your employees any request 
  • Once an application is submitted by your employee you will receive an email from the NHSBT IT Servicedesk with a Subject title of ‘Buying Annual Leave Approval Request’. It will detail the request information your employee has submitted.
  • You then need to approve or reject the request using the 'approve' or 'reject' links on the email

If you have any employees currently absent due to a career break, external secondment, maternity, maternity support or parental leave who will be returning during the 2019/20 leave year you will need to provide them with the details of the scheme.  If they wish to apply but aren't able to access the form, please contact HR Direct.

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