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Basic Guide to Annual Leave (Private Security Sector)

by lloyd last modified 2008-10-01 16:36

Basic Guide to Annual Leave (Private Security Sector)

Sectoral Determination 6 requires that workers get a minimum of 21 consecutive days of annual leave each year.  Employers can only pay workers instead of granting annual leave when employment is terminated.


Sectoral Determination 6 applies to all employers and private security workers who are associated with guarding and protecting -
  • fixed property,
  • premises,
  • goods,
  • people, or
  • workers.
This includes those monitoring and responding to alarms.
The determination does not apply to workers who are –
  • managers; or
  • covered by another –
    • sectoral determination, or
    • bargaining council agreement.

The Basic Conditions of Employment Act applies in respect of any matter not covered by this sectoral determination.


Number of Leave Days

Workers must get annual leave of at least –
  • 21 consecutive days, or
  • 1 day for every 17 worked, or
  • 1 hour for every 17 worked.

Timing of Leave

Both the employer and worker must agree to the timing of leave.  If they cannot agree, the employer makes the final decision.
Leave must be granted not later than 6 months after the end of the annual leave cycle (12 month periods from date of employment).

Payment for Annual Leave

Employers must pay workers for annual leave their normal wage rate. This is to be paid to the worker before annual leave is taken.

Pay Instead of Annual Leave

Employers cannot pay workers instead of granting leave, except on termination of employment.

Annual Leave and Public Holidays

A public holiday cannot be counted as annual leave.

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