A third of staff never check their payslips

30 March 2016

The survey for the government’s Step Up for Britain campaign finds 32% of the lowest paid employees fail to make the simple check of looking at their payslip against their earnings.

On 1 April 2016 the new National Living Wage becomes law and the £7.20 rate will be introduced for workers aged 25 years and over.

Workers can take 3 simple steps to make sure they are eligible and receive the pay increase:

  • visit www.livingwage.gov.uk to check if you are eligible
  • use the website’s online calculator to see how much more you will be paid
  • check your payslip after 1 April 2016; if you don’t receive the extra, speak to your boss or talk to Acas for advice.

When it comes to checking payslips across the UK, those least likely to check were in the North-West and East of England, where 41% of workers failed to do so. Just behind them were those in the West Midlands (40%) and London (37%). Those most likely to check their payslips were in the North-East, where just 11% never bothered, followed by Wales and the South-West of England (21%), Northern Ireland (24%), Scotland (25%) and Yorkshire and Humber (26%).

The government’s Step Up For Britain campaign was launched in January 2016 to highlight the introduction of the National Living Wage on 1 April 2016. More than one million workers are set to directly benefit from the increase, which sees the current National Minimum Wage rate of £6.70 increase by 50p for those aged 25 years and over. Many on a full time wage will see pay packets rise by up to £900 a year.

The government’s survey also revealed that 80% of workers were likely to speak to their employers if they don’t get an increase. Across the UK, the survey showed those most likely to have a conversation lived in the North-East (90%), followed by the East of England (84%) and the South-East (83%). Those least likely to do so were in London, where 73% would be likely to have a conversation. In Scotland, 80% would speak with their boss, 77% in Wales and 79% in Northern Ireland.

Visit the CIPP’s website if you require help to understand your payslip