Can employees work elsewhere during their annual leave?

Whether or not an employee can work for another employer during his or her annual leave depends on the main employer's policy on secondary employment.

If the main employer does not place any restrictions on employees doing other work, the employee can work elsewhere during annual leave. However, employers can require employees who wish to undertake secondary employment, including work during annual leave, to obtain agreement first. Such a requirement should be included in the contract of employment.

Employers must ensure that employees are able to take the minimum statutory annual leave entitlement under the Working Time Regulations 1998 (SI 1998/1833). However, there are no legal restrictions preventing employees taking on other work during their leave if they wish to do so.