Sorry, But We're Going To Have Fewer And Shorter Holidays In 2020

We regret to inform you while we've had a pretty good stint in 2019 when it comes to our holidays, it doesn't look like this will continue into 2020.

While it's a well known holiday hack to place your annual leave around public holidays and weekends to get an even longer break, 2020 doesn't look like it's going to be as friendly to us when it comes to where they fall.

According to analysis by InsureandGo, we will lose one public holiday nationally and have fewer chances to leverage our public holidays next year.

When it came to 2019, we were able to take 17 days of annual leave which would've given us up to 45 days off all up. Nice.

“This year, Easter practically collided with Anzac Day, enabling us to take a holiday as long as a typical Christmas break," spokesperson Jonathan Etkind.

But next year? It's not looking nearly as good. Here's why:

There's no Anzac Day Public Holiday in 2020

We won't get an Anzac Day public holiday as it falls on a Saturday. And even if we did get a day off, Easter falls almost two weeks earlier (10 to 13 of April) than where it fell this year, making it impossible for us to get out leave ducks in a row.

The closest public holiday to Easter will be three weeks later (Labour Day or ‘May Day’ on Monday 4 May) in Victoria, and Tasmania and (Canberra Day, Monday 9 March) in the ACT, or five weeks earlier (Labour Day, Monday 2 March) in Western Australia. Not really ideal.



Do We Get A Public Holiday For Anzac Day In 2020?

If you're fresh out of annual leave and looking towards your next long weekend, you might want to skip over Anzac Day, unless you live in one of two states.

Christmas closures might be shorter in 2020

A shorter Easter break isn't where it ends. With Christmas Day falling on a Friday in 2020, it's speculated that office closures will be shorter than usual.

This year, Christmas Day falls on a Wednesday, promoting most organisations to make forced closures from Monday 23 December to Monday 6 January, giving us 16 days off in total.

But in 2020, combined with the Friday Christmas Day and New Year's Day falling on Monday 4 January, it's likely Monday 21 December will be deemed too early for most organisations to shut.

It's more realistic to expect offices will close from Thursday 24 December and open again on Monday 4 January, making it three days shorter than this year.

Oh well, there's always hope for 2021.

Featured image: Getty 

This article first appeared on November 14, 2019.