When you first start work you are likely to need to know about a few things about your employment rights and your responsibilities.

When you first start work you are likely to need to know about a few things about your employment rights - this section aims to help you understand your rights and your responsibilities.

This information is this section is only a guide and does not cover every circumstance. We have done our best to make sure the information is correct. Some of the information may become inaccurate over time, for example because of changes to the law.

National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage

The National Minimum Wage is a legal right which covers almost all workers above compulsory school leaving age. The National Minimum Wage for workers aged 25+ is known as the National Living Wage.

National Insurance and Income Tax

Every worker over the age of 16 is liable to pay Income Tax and National Insurance contributions. The amount you pay will depend on how much you earn.

Workplace Pensions

Workplace pensions are saving schemes for retirement organised through an employer. The employer may have their own pension scheme, offer one through a specialist provider, or use a Government-backed scheme.

Time off for Study or for Training

Employees who work in businesses of 250 employees or more have the right to request time off from work to undertake study or training.

Contracts and written statements of employment

Employers legally must provide a written statement outlining the main terms of employment within eight weeks of your start date - even if you will only be working for them for that length of time.

Pay Slips

Each time you are paid your employer must provide a written or printed payslip.

Working time regulations

If you are under 18 you are classed as a young worker and there are special regulations and protection around the hours you are allowed to work. These are set out in the Working Time Regulations and are different to those for adult workers.

Annual Leave

You are entitled to 5.6 weeks of holiday time with pay - at least 28 days paid holiday for employees working five days a week. This is worked out on a pro-rata basis for part time workers.

Health and Safety

Employers have a responsibility to look after your health and safety at work, so you should be told about any risks that you may come across in your place of work and where safety equipment is.

Problems at work

If you do experience problems at work, there may be a procedure already in place to deal with them, such as a grievance procedure. You may first want to discuss your problems with your manager or supervisor, or talk to someone in a Personnel or Human Resources Department if your employer has one.

Leaving work

If you want to leave your job, you need to tell your employer beforehand.