Annual Leave

Do you have information about Annual Leave in Zimbabwe? You need to know about annual leave entitlement, annual holiday entitlement, holiday pay, annual leave policy etc.




  • An employee can start accruing leave days after having worked for an employer for one year and above. For each year served, an employee is given one month or 30 days leave.
  • For an employee to go on paid leave he or she should first accrue the days. The employee is allowed to accrue up to a maximum of 90 days before he or she goes for leave, but that should be by the employees’ choice.
  • If an employee is instructed by the employer to go on leave for less days than he or she has accrued, for example because there is too much work and deadlines need to be met, the worker must be granted his or her leave days thereafter. The days will be in addition to the days he or she would have accrued by that time. Nobody should be deprived of his or her accrued leave days. 
  • Example: Let us assume that the worker is a soldier for his or her country, and that country was at war. All forms of leave would be cancelled; no-one would be allowed to take leave because there would be a demand for soldiers to fight in the war. The soldier would continue to accrue one month leave per year. When the war was over, the solder would be entitled to all his or her leave days, even if they stretched out to a year in total.
  • Weekends and public holidays are counted as part of your vacation leave days.
  • If an employee becomes ill or injured while on vacation leave, he or she should be allowed to cancel the vacation leave and should be given sick leave. This is done to avoid depriving the employee of time to rest while in good health.
  • An employee can also be allowed to go on leave even when he or she does not have leave days accrued - but that leave will not be paid for, it would be leave without pay. 
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