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Basic Guide to Annual Leave (Wholesale and Retail)

by Lloyd Ramutloa last modified 2008-10-01 16:38

Basic Guide to Annual Leave (Wholesale and Retail)

Sectoral Determination 9 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 9 applies to all employers and workers in the wholesale and retail sector, including those associated with-
  • merchandising,
  • warehousing, or
  • distribution operations.
The determination does not apply to workers who are covered by-
  • another sectoral determination, or
  • a 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 days worked, or
  • 1 hour for every 17 hours worked.
Employers may reduce annual leave for paid days granted off.

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.
An employer may not require or permit a worker to work during any period of annual leave.
Leave must be granted not later than 6 months after the end of the annual leave cycle (12 month periods from date of employment).

Reducing Annual Leave

Employers may reduce a workers annual leave by the days taken off for occasional leave during the annual leave cycle.

Pay Instead of Annual Leave

Employers must pay workers the equivalent amount for annual leave as paid for days worked. This is to be paid before the workers leave period.
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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