Happy Holiday from Spend Matters (and Check Those Consultants’ Invoices)!

spring in gardenHappy Holiday from Spend Matters!

Today is the Spring Bank Holiday in the UK, now always held on the last Monday of May, but formerly Whit Monday, which is a religious festival and moved around with the date of Easter. But this year the two coincide. So today is Whit Monday also in Western Christianity (but not Eastern, where it is next week), therefore a public holiday in the following European countries - Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Gibraltar, Hungary, Iceland, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania , United Kingdom and Switzerland.

Outside Europe, it is also a holiday in Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, The Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Côte d'Ivoire Grenada, Montserrat, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Solomon Islands (thanks to Wikipedia for that!)

The USA takes a different approach, and today is Memorial Day, a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces. The holiday originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868.

Whether your focus is religious, remembering friends, relatives (and all those we don’t know who have died in the service of their country), or simply to hope for good weather and enjoy the barbecue, we wish you a good holiday and we will be back tomorrow with a our usual coverage.

Oh, and one procurement related thought. Just make sure you check invoices for temporary staff (or long term consultants) for May. For instance, in the UK, there will be only 19 working days* in the month because of the two bank holidays! Funny how many firms might just “forget” that when it comes to invoices.

* My wife who used to work in HR points out that you need to check whether you are liable for Bank Holiday payments for temporary staff!

First Voice

  1. Paul Howard:

    No Whitsuntide holiday here today in New Zealand, despite it being a predominantly Christian society but we don’t need it anyway, because (bizarrely, in my opinion) next Monday, the whole of NZ is taking a holiday to celebrate the Queen’s Birthday! God bless you Ma’am.

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