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Fair pay

Information on what constitutes fair pay.

​Pay is one of the most important parts of any employment relationship. Employers must pay employees and workers in accordance with the law (The Wages Act 1986) and their contracts of employment.

The contracts agreed with employees and workers are legally binding and must adhere to the agreed pay arrangements as well as any other specifically agreed terms.

  1. Correct pay
  2. Employment status
  3. A week's pay
  4. Holiday and sick pay
  5. Scottish Living Wage

4. Holiday and sick pay

Holiday pay

Holiday pay begins to accrue as soon as an employee begins work. Almost all employees are legally entitled to 5.6 weeks' paid holiday a year.

Employers must understand

  • what time off employees are entitled to, based on their contracted hours
  • how employees should book time off and the notice period necessary.

Visit the ACAS website to learn more about an employee’s holiday entitlement​​​

Sick pay

Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) must be paid if an employee is too ill to work. It is paid by the employer for up to 28 weeks. To qualify for SSP an employee must have been off work sick for 4 or more days in a row (including non-working days).

Employees who are too ill to work can’t receive less money than stipulated on the SSP, however this can be more if stated on the contract of employment.

There are different sick pay rules for agricultural workers.

For more information go to the Gov.UK page on statutory sick pay​​​