Sunrise viewers received a lesson in how to maximise their annual leave this year, when hosts Matt Doran and Monique Wright were joined by Finder’s Taylor Blackburn on Thursday.
Taylor joined the duo at Brekky Central to reveal his tips and tricks to get the most from your available leave days.
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Taylor said it was important to “book around public holidays”.
He advised people to check the calendar to see how to sandwich annual leave in between public holidays.
“Take last week, for example — we had three days of work,” Taylor said, referring to the fact many people worked on December 27, 28 and 29.
“If you booked those three days (as leave), you can easily turn that into 11 days off work because you have the three public holidays” on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and then New Year’s day, plus the two weekends.
Taylor Blackburn giving his tips and tricks to maximise your annual leave, on Sunrise on Thursday. Credit: Seven
Taylor said that, when you add in both weekends before and after “a normal work week, you take five (days) off and you get nine”.
But planning holidays that coincide with public holidays means you can book fewer days of leave time.
“So, the best way to start — you look at Anzac Day, you look at Easter Monday and Good Friday and go from there.”
Taylor noted Anzac Day and Boxing Day both fall on a Thursday this year — so booking a single day leave on the Friday is “a good start”, especially when you add in Christmas Day.
This year, for a 12-day break over the Christmas period, you would need to take only five days of annual leave.
An employee would need to take two days of annual leave on December 23-24, a third day on December 27, and then two more days on December 30-31.
Taylor explained public holidays vary state-by-state, so it depends where you live as to which dates you should book.
“You go right into your bonus days that you get in different states and you can easily turn those 20 days (of annual leave) into 62 in places such as the ACT and Northern Territory,” he said.
Taylor revealed some of the best dates to maximise annual leave. Credit: Seven
But Taylor warned people to get their leave requests in before your colleagues.
“Somebody’s gotta man the stations, right — so that’s kind of the first trick of any of this, first know the dates then try to get those leave requests in,” Taylor said.
“Now is better than later.
“Even if you’re looking later in the year and deciding between this week in June or that week in June, go for the one with the public holiday — it’s one less day of leave you have to burn.”
You can find a full list of dates to help maximise your leave at Finder online.