What day of the month do NHS staff get paid?

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Like almost all jobs in the UK, NHS staff are paid “in arrears”. This means that pay is received at the end of the agreed pay period, reflecting work that has been completed. Typically, most full-time NHS staff get paid on a monthly basis at the end of the month, although certain roles (e.g. bank staff) may get paid on a fortnightly or even weekly schedule.

The specific day of the month on which NHS staff are paid varies between organisations. Some NHS organisations pay their staff on the last working day of each month, while others may have set dates such as the 25th or 28th of the month. The best way to find out your pay date is to check with your local HR team.

When will I get paid if I start a new job halfway through a month?

In most cases, if you start at an organisation halfway through a month, you will get paid for the portion of the month you have worked as usual with other employees.

Most HR teams have a cut-off date for making payroll changes, which is several days before pay is released to staff. This means that in some cases if you start very close to the next payday, you may not receive your pay for your first month on time. If this is the case, you will receive any extra owed money in the next month’s pay at the end of that month. If you are concerned about pay timings as a new starter, you should speak to your local HR team.

If you’re a new starter, you might also want to check out our information on how NHS staff receive their pay.

When I will I get paid in February 2024?

February 2024 is a leap year, meaning that February has 29 days instead of the normal 28. From speaking to NHS finance and HR teams, our understanding is that most staff would retain their usual pay day for February of this year; those expecting to be paid on the 29th would still be paid on this day rather than moved forward.

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