Can I choose whether my pay is paid in cash or direct to my bank account?

Only a small minority of employees (following the repeal of the Truck Acts) still have a right to payment of wages in cash. The method of payment is now a matter for agreement between you and your employer. Most employers will pay directly into the employee's bank, building society or other account. This is not only administratively convenient for the employer but also minimises any security risk.

If your contract of employment says that you will be paid in cash, but your employer now wants to switch to another method, e.g. payment directly into your bank account, your employer should agree this with you (or your trade union) first, as it amounts to a variation or change of your contract.

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.