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.

You have some important rights relating to your pay, including the right not to be paid less because of your gender (the right to equal pay), or because of your race or ethnicity, or because you work part-time, or as a temporary (fixed-term) employee. Agency workers who have worked for 12 weeks in the role with the same hirer also have important pay equality rights.

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.