Your basic employment rights


Updated to 2/04/2020
This information is of a general nature and in no case is it intended to be regarded as legal advice.

If you would like to know if there have been any changes to the legislation, it is recommended to contact this Precariat Office In Scotland.

If you have the amount of your gross annual salary and you want to calculate approximately how much you would earn per month after tax please go:

Basic rights at work


You have the right to receive remuneration for any work you do, without illegal deductions.

National Minimum Wage 2020/21 and other

Weekly Payments April 2020 Regulations
Maternity/paternity/adoption leave payment 151.20
Pays for work drop -95.85
Minimum pay limit .120/week

By Hour
Minimum National Salary by age
Workers over the age of 25 –  £8.72
Workers from 21-24 yo – £8.20
Workers from 18-20 yo – £6.45
Workers from 16-17yo- £4.55
Apprenticeships- £4.15
You can apply for National Minimum Wage advice on the Salary and Employment Help Phone: 08009172368 on with the Minimum Wage Calculator

You have the right to receive a detailed payslip and a written contract.


If nothing else has been agreed, you should not work more than 48 hours on average a week.

If you are over 18 years old, when you work more than 6 hours you are entitled to a 20-minute break.

Sick Pay

If you report sick at work for more four days in a row and earn more than £118 a week, you are entitled to a Statutory Sick Pay, which is currently set at £95.85 per week.

To calculate how much you would get as sick pay, you can calculate it here:

Annual Leave

You have the legal right to 28 days of paid leave per year or the proportional equivalent if you work part time. You can calculate your holiday pay here:

Maternity/paternity leave and pay:

Currently the Statutory maternity leave is 26 weeks. More than 26 weeks of extra maternity leave may be taken. Since April 2015, you can share the leave with your partner.

During the first 6 weeks: 90% of the average weekly income (before taxes).

Over the next 33 weeks: the lowest figure between £145.18 per week or 90% of the average weekly income.

Income tax and National Insurance continue to be deducted from your maternity leave.

Fair Treatment

You have the right not to be discriminated against under any circumstances.

Discrimination means any kind of unfair treatment that is somehow associated with a personal characteristic. It may be illegal if it relates to any of the following characteristics contemplated by law: age, disability, gender, identity, marriage or civil union, pregnancy or excellence for maternity, place of birth or ethnicity, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation.

Some workers are not granted certain legal rights. And this is the main reason that we are fighting for: against job precariousness and for fair and non-discriminatory treatment. If you have any problems or your rights are not recognised, contact us! PIE-OP Inquiries

Maternity Action
Maternity Action is a charity that works to promote the rights of pregnant women and combat discrimination. The organization provides information on maternity rights in several languages:

The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS)
ACAS is a public body that promotes good industrial relations. Its national helpline answers employment-related questions and provides general advice on the rights at work of employees and employers.

Phone: 0300 123 1100 from 08 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)
EhRC is an independent body established to help eliminate discrimination, reduce inequality and protect human rights.

Citizens Advice Bureau Scotland (CAS)
CAS provides free and confidential advice online and at your local offices regarding debt and consumption, benefits, housing, legal matters, employment and immigration.

Health and Safety Executive: The HSE (Health and Safety Executive) enforces workplace health and safety guidelines:
This page lists the types of workplaces that are the responsibility of the HSE and those that are the responsibility of local authorities. A list of other executive authorities (such as food, environment, etc.) is also included.

For information on the National Minimum Wage: Pay and Employment Help Phone 08009172368.

For advice on the disclosure of bad practices/reporting of internal irregularities:
Public interest issues at work: 02074046609;