I am owed wages

The right to wages is a fundamantal part of the employment contract for the worker.


If wages are not paid in full it will usually consitute a breach of contract unless the employer has a contractual right to withhold the payment.


The failure to pay wages might also constitute an unauthorised deduction of wages which is a specific legal right that can be enforced in an employment tribunal.

Resolving wages problems

1. Check that you are entitled to the pay under your contract

The amount of wages you are entitled to will be set by the contract that you have with your employer.  Check your written contract or your letter of appointment along with any notifications of pay rises to see what the wage rate is if you are unsure.  If you don't have any written documents the contract will be set by what has actually been paid.


2. Check your pay slip

If you are an employee you are entitled to an itemised pay slip setting out gross pay, the deductions made and the net pay in the period.  Checking your pay slip will help you identify errors or deductions in your pay.


More information on entitlement to pay slips


3. Check that the Minimum Age is being paid

It is worth checking that your pay is above the minimum wage to ensure you are not enttled to a higher rate of pay than you receive.


More information on the National Minimum Wage


4. Calculate what you are owed

Now that you know what you are entitled to you can calculate the amount that you are owed.  Follow the outline in the form to work out what you are owed.


5. Present the evidence of what you are owed to your employer

When you know what you are owed you can approach your employer.  This will be easier if you use the form to explain why you think there is a problem.


More information on resolving problems with your employer


6. Consider claims to an Employment Tribunal

If you cannot resolve the issue with your employer you can think about making a claim to an Employment Tribunal for unauthorised deductions from wages or breach of contract.


More information on unauthorised deductions from wages


More information on breach of contract and wages


More information on making a claim to a claim to an Employment Tribunal


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