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How to get 18 days off in 2019 - but only use up 9 days holiday; Better get those requests in quick!

Byline: Matt LLoyd

It sounds like a magic trick, but you don't need to be David Copperfield to turn 9 days holiday into 18 next year.

All you need to do is read on and you can properly maximise your time away from the day job.

And while it seems a little early, as we mark the last Bank Holiday of 2018, now is the perfect time to cast your eyes to 2019.

Because let's face it, we all want to be in our warm bed as much as possible.

The answer is to choose your holiday dates carefully so you only use nine days of your annual entitlement but end up doubling it to 18 days,reports the Liverpool Echo.

So how do you do this?

You need to be thinking about your 2019 holidays.

It focuses on Easter next year, and the fact that the first May bank holiday is quite early.

You will need to book from Friday, April 19, 2019 to Monday, May 6, 2019.

Providing that your company does not treat bank holidays and weekend as normal work days, you will get 18 days off in a row for just nine annual leave days.

This is because Friday, April 19, Monday, April 22 and Monday, May 6 are all bank holidays. April 20, 21, 27 and 28 and May 4 and 5 are all weekends. So they do not count as time off.

So you actually only book off April 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30 and May 1, 2, and 3.

Bank holiday fun

There are eightbank holidaysin England and Wales in 2019. They are;

Easter in Coventry over the years

Why do we have bank holidays?

The origins of our official bank holidays come from 1871, when they were first included in an official Act of Parliament by a banker called Sir John Lubbock.

It is said that Sir John was such a big cricket fan that the dates he chose for holidays coincided with the home fixtures of his local village team.

The Bank Holidays Act of 1871 introduced four bank holidays in England, Wales and Ireland, which were on Easter Monday, Whit Monday, the first Monday in August, Boxing Day in England and Wales and St Stephen's Day in Ireland.

At that time, Good Friday and Christmas Day were considered traditional days of rest and so were not included.

The Act was repealed in 1971 and superseded by the Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971, which remains in force.

These days the term bank holiday is used as a blanket term for all public holidays when banks, government offices and many businesses are closed.

The May Day bank holiday is the most recent of our existing eight bank holidays and was introduced in 1978 by Labour employment secretary Michael Foot.

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