Query your pay slips, say experts, as stats show women are less likely to

New legislation makes it compulsory for employers to issue payslips to all workers.



Women are less likely to query their pay slips, according to Government research launched as legislation comes into effect to make it compulsory for all workers to receive a payslip.

A survey of over 2,000 workers by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy shows women are less likely to say they understand everything on their payslip than men and less confident about querying their pay. Only 62% of people say they understand their payslip totally, but this divided by gender with 70% of men saying they did compared with only 55% of women.

When asked how confident workers feel in approaching their employer to make sure they are getting the amount of pay they are entitled, female respondents were, on average less confident than men – 12% of women said they were not confident compared to just 5% of men.

The survey, taken before the new legislation came into effect, shows almost 15% of workers under 25 and 10% of those aged 25 and 34 also do not receive a payslip. Moreover,  nearly a third of younger workers wrongly think that only people in permanent roles are entitled to the National Minimum Wage, compared with 14% of those over 55.

Money Advice Service has issued some tips on how to understand your payslip here. 

Under the new legislation, employers will also have to include details of the hours you work as well as how much you earn on your payslip if your pay varies depending on how long or when you work. The aim is to make it clearer if those on variable hours, particularly those on zero hours, are being paid the minimum of the National Minimum Wage.



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