Employees are entitled to a payslip each time they are paid. The payslip should say what they have been paid, what deductions have been made (e.g. tax, National Insurance and trade union subscriptions) and take-home pay.
Each year employers must give employees a P60 certificate which shows their gross pay for the year, take-home pay and the total deductions made from their pay during the year.
National minimum wage
Workers and employees have the right to be paid no less than the national minimum wage, which is set by the government and reviewed every year by the Low Pay Commission (which includes trade unions and employers).
There are different rates for 16 to17-year-olds, 18 to 20-year-olds, 21-24 year olds, those aged 25 and above, and some apprentices. To find out the latest rate of the national minimum wage
If you think you are being paid under the national minimum wage contact the Pay and Rights at Work Helpline online or call 0300 123 1100.
Your employer should not make any deductions from your pay unless:
Unlawful deductions from pay
You will also have to pay income tax on earnings above a certain threshold. Every worker in the UK has a tax code, which an employer uses to work out how much tax they should pay on your behalf. If you are starting your first job in the UK you will probably start to pay 'emergency tax' until you have been given a tax code.
If you do not have a National Insurance Number (NINO), or have been issued with a temporary one by your employer, then you should call 0845 6000643; or apply for National Insurance number.
If your employer offers to pay you only in cash without paying National Insurance or tax (known as “cash in hand”), you should talk to a trade union official as soon as possible. It is illegal to employ someone cash in hand.
Your level of sick pay will depend on workplace policies, this may be different if you are off sick because of the coronavirus. See the government guidance here: https://www.gov.uk/statutory-sick-pay If your employer does not pay enhanced sick pay, you may be entitled to which is a flat-rate state benefit. It is payable by your employer from the forth day of sickness up to 28 weeks. You are entitled to SSP as long as you have paid enough National Insurance contributions.
You may be able to claim Income Support or Employment and Support Allowance. Find out more
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