When should I be paid?

Wages are usually paid on a monthly basis for salaried employees and weekly or monthly for people who are paid by the hour. Some employers may pay on a different basis, say every two weeks. 

Whatever the frequency of payment, it must be specified in a written statement of particulars, which must be given to all workers on or before you start work.   

You should be told of any change in when or how frequently you will be paid (e.g. monthly, weekly, etc.) within one month of the change. 

It is a fundamental (very serious) breach of the employment contract not to pay wages on time. 

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.

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