1. Overview

When you start work, your employer should tell you how much you’ll be paid and how often. They should also tell you:

  • the day or date you’ll be paid, eg each Friday or the last day of the month
  • how you’ll be paid, eg cash, cheque or bank transfer

If you’re an employee (not a contractor or a freelance worker), you have the right to a payslip, which shows your wages and any deductions like tax or trade union subscriptions.

If you’re not sure whether you’re an employee or a worker, read the information on your employment status.

You might need to know how to work out your weekly pay if you have to claim payments for redundancy or compensation from your employer.

Part-time workers

If you’re a part-time worker, you must get at least the same hourly pay rate as a full-time worker doing a similar job.

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