When should my pay be subject to review?

Although many employers review pay on a regular basis, unless there is an express contractual entitlement or an implied right (i.e. a contractual right based on custom and practice), there may be no legal obligation on the employer to do so.

There may be a collective agreement between the employer and the union, which includes provision for, say, an annual review for certain grades of worker. However, unless the agreement says otherwise, or you can show that the carrying out of a review has always led to a pay increase, this would only commit the parties to meet for negotiations, which would not necessarily result in an increase in pay.

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.