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    • nemq
    • By nemq 11th Jul 17, 2:32 PM
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    Is it bad to ask when my first pay day will be?
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    • 11th Jul 17, 2:32 PM
    Is it bad to ask when my first pay day will be? 11th Jul 17 at 2:32 PM
    I need to know when my first pay day will be so I can tell my landlord and sort out my rent. But I haven't started my job yet but I am worried about not being able to pay rent so is it bad to ask or when I should ask?
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    • FredG
    • By FredG 11th Jul 17, 2:47 PM
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    Perfectly reasonable to ask, your employer should be aware you're reliant on a wage to pay bills, rent etc.
    • agrinnall
    • By agrinnall 11th Jul 17, 3:35 PM
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    Be warned that it's perfectly possible that your first pay day could be 6 weeks away (in some circumstances even longer) so you might need to have a plan in place for how you'll budget until you do get paid.
    • engineer amy
    • By engineer amy 11th Jul 17, 4:16 PM
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    Also important to ask when the cut off dates are. Nothing worse than expecting a full months wage and only getting half because they pay from the 15th of july to 14th of August, and you started on 1st of August
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    • surreysaver
    • By surreysaver 11th Jul 17, 4:45 PM
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    Is it bad to ask when my first pay day will be? Reply to Thread
    Originally posted by nemq
    It's bad that you need to ask. You should have been told. So absolutely nothing wrong with you seeking confirmation.
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    • keepcalmandstayoutofdebt
    • By keepcalmandstayoutofdebt 11th Jul 17, 6:17 PM
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    Ask before first day. As someone else has pointed out it could be very likely to have up to a 6 week wait if monthly paid. It really does happen and I've known a few employers disguise it say paperwork waiting for you first day but that is far from the ideal time to be finding out, (if you know you can least afford it).

    If they react badly or won't discuss pay day in advance then that is very telling surely.
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    • WobblyDog
    • By WobblyDog 11th Jul 17, 9:27 PM
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    Ask before first day. As someone else has pointed out it could be very likely to have up to a 6 week wait if monthly paid. It really does happen and I've known a few employers disguise it say paperwork waiting for you first day but that is far from the ideal time to be finding out, (if you know you can least afford it).

    If they react badly or won't discuss pay day in advance then that is very telling surely.
    Originally posted by keepcalmandstayoutofdebt
    At the other end of the spectrum, one of my previous employers actively offered an advance on salary to new joiners, to help them over the first few weeks. I guess that's fairly rare though.
    • ScorpiondeRooftrouser
    • By ScorpiondeRooftrouser 11th Jul 17, 9:47 PM
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    It's bad that you need to ask. You should have been told. So absolutely nothing wrong with you seeking confirmation.
    Originally posted by surreysaver
    I have never been told. Or asked. Nothing wrong with asking though, if you need to know.
    • xapprenticex
    • By xapprenticex 11th Jul 17, 10:31 PM
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    Yesterday after a meeting i really wanted to ask someone what day it was because i really didnt have a clue, i settled on Wednesday.

    I didnt ask because i had a gut feeling that id look like an idiot if i asked.
    • ReadingTim
    • By ReadingTim 12th Jul 17, 9:55 AM
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    It's usually stated in your contract, and if that date falls on a weekend, whether it's "on or before", or "on or after". However, there will also be a cut off date for payroll, so if you start after the payroll cut off date, they won't be able to process you for that month. It'll be made up the following month, but that won't be much help this month.
    • Kayalana99
    • By Kayalana99 12th Jul 17, 1:18 PM
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    When do you start? I understand the feeling as it was a question I wanted to ask (just starting) although not in the same situation as you. My contract is in the post so it might say on there anyway, but you could always just ask another staff member once you start.
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    • Savvy_Sue
    • By Savvy_Sue 12th Jul 17, 8:57 PM
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    At the other end of the spectrum, one of my previous employers actively offered an advance on salary to new joiners, to help them over the first few weeks. I guess that's fairly rare though.
    Originally posted by WobblyDog
    We offer an advance (at least informally) to any new joiner who won't get onto payroll in their first month. So I've got someone starting next Monday, and I finalised payroll today, without adding them.

    If the OP finds that their first payday isn't going to be until August, and that's going to cause a problem, it is always worth asking about an advance.
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