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​​​​​​Annual Leave Purchase Scheme 

The University's Annual Leave Purchase Scheme provides additional flexibility by allowing you to buy extra annual leave if you would like to take more than your standard contractual entitlement.  


Colleagues can purchase additional annual leave twice a year; in August, just before the start of the holiday year and the deductions are taken from their salary over a 12-month period*.  Alternatively, colleagues have the opportunity to purchase additional annual leave in February, just before the middle of the holiday year, and this time the deduction will be taken over the remaining six months of the holiday year. 

*August 2023 Annual leave purchase window was delayed a month and deductions recovered over 11-month period, rather than the standard 12 months. ​


The Mid-Year Annual Leave Purchase Window opens on 1 February 2024, closing on 28 February 2024. The cost of additional annual leave is calculated at your normal daily rate and will be recovered direct from your salary over a 6-month period (March 2024 to August 2024). 


A maximum of your weekly contracted hours can be purchased.  Any leave purchased during the first purchasing window is included within this total.  

You'll find a calculator here​ ​to give you an indication of the cost and some frequently asked questions about the scheme are linked at the bottom of the page.  

Requesting additional leave is straightforward, There is a short video on how to do this: How to request to buy holiday - YouTube or you can follow instructions below:  


·         Login to HR Connect  and click on 'My Time' on the left hand side of the screen. 

·         With the 'Holiday' card click on 'Buy and Sell'. 

·         Select Position name and Scheme name 

·         Select Holiday Period Dates: Select the relevant leave year   

·         Select 'Buy' in Action Drop Down and then the number of hours you would like to purchase 

·         A total value - an indicative cost of annual leave purchase will appear 

·         Click 'Save', this will then forward your request to your manager for approval. 


 More information about the scheme can be found below :


Annual Leave Purchase Scheme  

Frequently Asked Questions  


​​If you have any queries regarding the annual leave purchase scheme, please contact reward@napier.ac.uk