I work nights and weekends. Shouldn't I be getting paid more than colleagues who work normal hours?

Often an employer will pay staff who work anti-social hours a higher wage than those who work normal office hours. However, as long as your basic wage is at least the National Minimum Wage, whether or not you are paid extra for anti-social hours depends entirely on your contract terms.

If you work in a workplace where a union is recognised, premium rates for night and weekend work are likely to have been negotiated by the union through a process known as collective bargaining. The rates will be contained in a collective agreement that is incorporated into everyone’s employment contract.

If you are not a union member, browse our Union Finder tool to find out which union best suits your needs, and to find out more about organising to secure union recognition at your workplace.

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.

What is WorkSmart?

A career coach that works for everyone.


Enjoy bite-sized activities delivered to you every week.

Lightbulb brain

Equip yourself with essential skills to be the best you yet.


Get the guidance you need to stay focused and reach your goals.

Worksmart circle