First for Holidays

First for Holidays was developed for both employers and their staff in mind.


Manage your staff holidays and absences easily - if so, you’ve come to the right place. First for Holidays is easy to use, online system that shows you at a glance where your staff are.

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The EL Direct support team will help set up your First for Holidays account so you are all ready to go with managing workplace absences.Going forward our Customer Service team is available seven days to answer any questions you have about using the software.

  • Monitor staff absences & holidays at a glance
  • Get instant notifications when an employee requests holidays
  • Approve or decline holidays with one click
  • Produce monthly and annual reports with the First for Holidays reporting function
  • Set holiday limits for employees and for different departments
  • Set your own time management events i.e. Overtime and assign those to an employee
  • Login and request holidays on the go
  • See their own holiday entitlement for the year
  • Make holiday requests via the application or phone app, 24/7
  • Receive email notifications holiday request statuses
  • Instant access to their personal calendar

It pays to be safe - although the number of tribunal claims has dropped year on year, the average amount awarded has increased significantly up to £20,000

First for holidays is set up for you and with you - so it can be tailored from the very beginning. When the time comes to make changes our dedicated technical team are on hand to help. Receive instant access 24/7 from anywhere in the world Our EL Direct will set the system up with your current staff and this years holidays so you can start making the most of the system right away.

Staff can book their own holidays through the mobile app. Managers are then notified so they can approve or declined in one click.

You can produce instant reports with just a few clicks to show absences, holidays and more

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