How to Calculate Annual Leave: A Step-by-Step Guide

How to Calculate Annual Leave: A Step-by-Step Guide

Table of content

  1. What is annual leave?
  2. How to calculate annual leave?
  3. FAQ
  4. How does Workstem simplify annual leave calculation ?

As an employer in Australia, it is important to have a clear understanding of how to calculate annual leave for your employees. By following a step-by-step approach, you can keep compliance with relevant Australian laws such as Fair Work and maintain a harmonious workplace.

In this blog post, we will break down the essential aspects of calculating annual leave, providing you with a comprehensive guide.

What is annual leave?

Annual leave is paid time off provided to employees, allowing them to take a break from work while still receiving their regular pay.

The minimum entitlement for annual leave is determined by the National Employment Standards (NES). Additional leave may be provided through awards, agreements, or at the employer’s discretion.

Annual leave loading is an extra payment given to employees on top of their base pay during their annual leave to compensate for potential lost income from overtime and penalties.

Read More:Unlocking Annual Leave: The Ultimate Guide

How to calculate annual leave?

To calculate annual leave, you can follow these steps:

Step 1: Determine the employee’s work status

  • Full-time employees work 38 hours per week and accrue a minimum of 4 weeks (20 days) of annual leave per year.
  • Part-time employees work fewer hours, and their leave accrual is proportional to their hours worked.
  • Casual employees generally do not accrue annual leave.

Step 2: Calculate the accrual rate

  • For full-time employees working a 38-hour week, the accrual rate is 2.923 hours of leave for every week worked.
  • Part-time employees’ accrual rate will be proportional to their hours worked. For example, if a part-time employee works 20 hours per week, their accrual rate would be 2.923 hours/week x (20 hours/38 hours) = 1.538 hours/week.

Step 3: Incorporate leave loading (if applicable)

  • Leave loading is an additional payment on top of the employee’s regular pay during annual leave. It is designed to compensate for the lack of overtime and penalty rates during leave.
  • Leave loading is usually calculated as a percentage of the employee’s ordinary earnings.

Step 4: Calculate the annual leave entitlement

  • The formula to calculate the annual leave entitlement is:
    Annual Leave Entitlement = Accrued Hours × Employee’s Hourly Rate
  • If leave loading is applicable, the formula becomes:
    Total Annual Leave Entitlement = (Accrued Hours × Employee’s Hourly Rate) + (Leave Loading Amount)

Annual leave calculation for full time employees

Example:Let’s use the example of  Emma, a full-time employee who works 38 hours per week and earns AU$30 per hour. Her accrued leave without loading would be:

Accrued Hours = 2.923 hours/week × 52 weeks/year = 152 hours

If her leave loading is 17.5%, the total annual leave entitlement would be:

Total Annual Leave Entitlement = (152 hours × AU$30/hour) + (152 hours × AU$30/hour × 0.175) = AU$5,358

So,  Emma’s total annual leave entitlement, including leave loading, would be AU$5,358.

Annual leave calculation for part time employees

Example:Let’s use the example of Olivia, a part-time employee who works 20 hours per week and earns AU$30 per hour. We will calculate her  annual leave entitlement using the following steps:

Step

Description Calculation

Result

1

Calculate the accrued annual leave hours per week (Total hours worked for the week / 38 hours) x 2.923=(20 hours / 38 hours) x 2.923 1.54 hours per week

2

Calculate the total accrued annual leave hours

Accrued hours per week x Number of completed weeks of work=1.54 hours per week x 20 completed weeks of work 30.8 hours
3 Deduct the hours of annual leave already taken Total accrued hours – Hours of annual leave already taken=30.8 hours – 5 hours

25.8 hours available

4 Calculate the total annual leave entitlement Available annual leave x Current hourly rate of pay=25.8 hours x AU$30 per hour

AU$774 annual leave payment

Based on Olivia’s case, with 20 weeks of completed work and 5 hours of annual leave already taken, the correct total annual leave entitlement would be AU$774.

FAQ

Q1: What payments are required when annual leave is taken?

A1: When annual leave is taken, the employee is generally paid at their base pay rate for the ordinary hours worked.This base rate does not include: overtime rates, penalties, allowances, or bonuses.Some awards or agreements may have different payment methods or require annual leave loading.

Upon termination, any remaining untaken annual leave must be paid out at the same rate as if the employee had taken the leave.

Q2: How is accrued untaken annual leave paid out to employees upon termination?

A2: When an employee’s employment ends, the employer is generally required to pay the employee for any accrued untaken annual leave. The payment should be equivalent to what the employee would have received if they had taken the leave.

The process for paying out accrued untaken annual leave can vary based on employment laws and regulations. Consult the Workstem team for specific rules and procedures regarding the payment of accrued untaken annual leave upon termination.

How does Workstem simplify annual leave calculation ?

Streamline your leave request submission and approval process, reduce administrative burden, and cut costs with Workstem’s leave management feature. Our platform offers default leave types such as annual leave, parental leave, jury duty leave, and long service leave, and allows for additional special leaves as needed.

Stay up-to-date with auto-updates for public holidays and let Workstem handle the calculations for leave balances, entitlements, and leave accrual. Our seamless integration with payroll ensures accurate payment of leave entitlements and proper tax treatment.

Ready to experience the benefits of Workstem?

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