New regulations dictating that the forthcoming increase in annual leave should be phased over two years have been welcomed by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).
Earlier this week, the government announced that the statutory paid annual leave entitlement will increase to 24 days this October and to 28 days in April 2009.
The CBI said that such a process will make it easier for employers to adapt to the change, both financially and logistically, than if a "big bang" approach had been taken.
"Others may also want to take advantage of the option to buy back extra holiday with the agreement of staff and pay them more wages instead - giving them more time to update pay structures," commented John Cridland, CBI deputy director-general.
The increase in holiday is due to employers no longer being able to include bank holidays in annual leave entitlements.
Up to eight bank holidays can be taken from full leave entitlements at the moment, but from April 2009 firms will not be able to deduct any from the total.