Pay and pensions are the two main types of financial benefit you get from work. Pay can also be called wages or salary. If you are looking for help with pensions choose Pensions below.
You should be paid for all work you do unless you are in a voluntary position or an unpaid internship or work placement.
Some of your rights to be paid are statutory – your right by law. Some of your rights to be paid come about because of your employment contract.
Read your employment contract to check what it says about what you will be paid. Your contract might talk about ‘pay’, ‘salary’ or ‘wages’ or ‘payment’.
How much should I be paid?
The National Minimum Wage is the lowest amount of money you can be paid for working, by law. It will be different depending on your age.
The Living Wage is a higher amount that you could be paid, if your employer is registered with the Living Wage Campaign. Get information about the London Living Wage from:
How should I be paid?
Employers can pay you in different ways. Read your contract to understand what it says about payment methods. Get information about how you should be to be paid from:
Money taken out of your pay
Your employer can take some money out of your pay – make deductions – legally for
- income tax
- national insurance
- union dues
- pension if you are paying into a pension
If you do not understand what the deduction is for, ask your employer straight away. If you think money has been taken out of your pay and it should not be choose Problems with pay and pension below.
Everyone in work has to pay income tax and national insurance contributions. Find information about income tax and national insurance from:
Sometimes your pay might be more than usual. This could be a permanent pay increase or a one off bonus or a share of tips. At other times, your boss might have to pay for your expenses. Get information about extra payments from: