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Pay

Pay is one of the most important factors in our working life and for many people, it’s a sensitive subject. The way it's handled can have a big impact on productivity and morale.  Your employer should set consistent pay levels, giving them value for money, while at the same time, reward workers fairly.

There are two main categories of pay system:

  • basic rate schemes, ie where pay doesn't vary in relation to achievements/performance
  • schemes where pay, or part pay, varies in relation to results/profits/performance (including the acquisition of skills or competencies)

You are entitled to an itemised pay statement at or before the time you are paid showing gross and take-home pay, with amounts and reasons for all variable deductions.

Fixed deductions must also be shown, with detailed amounts and reasons. Such deductions can be shown as a total sum, provided you are given a written statement in advance - or at the time - of issue of the first pay statement showing the total sum. After this, a statement should be given at least once a year.

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