How much should I be paid?

Your contract of employment should contain a clear written term specifying your rate of pay and other pay elements, which are a matter of agreement between you and your employer.

The written statement of employment particulars, which employees must be given within two months of starting work, must tell you your rate of pay, and when you will be paid (i.e. weekly, monthly, etc.).

The rate of pay may result from a collective agreement between your employer and one or more unions. In any event, of course, your basic hourly rate must not be below the National Minimum Wage and your wages should not be at odds with the equal pay provisions of the Equality Act 2010.

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.