NJC circular - advice on Christmas working arrangements


Employers’ Secretary
Naomi Cooke

Address for correspondence
Local Government Association
18 Smith Square
London SW1P 3HZ
Tel: 020 7664 3000
info@local.gov.uk

Trade Union Secretaries
Rachel Harrison, GMB
Clare Keogh, Unite
Mike Short, UNISON

Address for correspondence
UNISON Centre
130 Euston Road
London NW1 2AY
Tel: 0845 3550845
localgovernment@unison.co.uk

To: Chief executives in England, Wales and N Ireland
(copies for HR and Finance Directors)
Members of the National Joint Council

6 September 2022

Dear Chief Executive,

Working arrangements: Christmas Day and Boxing Day 2022 and New Year’s Day 2023

Christmas Day and Boxing Day 2022 fall on Sunday and Monday respectively and New Year’s Day 2023 falls on a Sunday. 

The Government has designated Tuesday 27 December and Monday 2 January as public holidays with pay in substitution for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day respectively.

In accordance with joint advice issued in previous years to deal with these circumstances, authorities are advised that payments, unless a local agreement is in place, should be made in accordance with Green Book Part 3 Para 2.6 as follows:

  • Employees required to work only one day out of Sunday 25 December or Monday 26 December or Tuesday 27 December should receive public holiday pay, plus time off with pay at a later date, for the one day on which they work.
  • Employees required to work all three consecutive days of Sunday 25 December and Monday 26 December and Tuesday 27 December should receive Sunday rates of pay for Sunday 25 December, and public holiday pay, plus time off with pay at a later date, for both Monday 26 December and Tuesday 27 December.
  • Employees required to work on both Sunday 25 December and Monday 26 December (but not Tuesday 27 December) should receive public holiday pay plus time off with pay at a later date for both days.
  • Employees required to work on both Sunday 25 December and Tuesday 27 December should receive Sunday rates of pay for Sunday 25 December and public holiday pay plus time off with pay at a later date for Tuesday 27 December.
  • Employees required to work either or both Monday 26 December and / or Tuesday 27 December should receive public holiday pay plus time off with pay at a later date for the day[s] on which they work.
  • Employees required to work either Sunday 1 January or Monday 2 January (but not both) should receive public holiday pay plus time off with pay at a later date for the day on which they work.
  • Employees required to work on both Sunday 1 January and Monday 2 January should receive Sunday rates of pay for Sunday 1 January and public holiday pay plus time off with pay at a later date for Monday 2 January.

Yours sincerely,

Naomi Cooke    
Rachel Harrison    
Clare Keogh
Mike Short