Careers Service

Typical earnings and methods of payment

Information on what you could expect to earn for part time work across different employment sectors, the National Minimum Wage and information on methods of payment.

The Careers Service ensures vacancies advertised on MyCareerHub offer fair rates of pay. We do not advertise jobs at less than the National Minimum Wage (£7.05 per hour as of 1st April 2017 (for 21’s and over). For information on the National Minimum Wage, please visit the website.

Gov.UK - National Minimum Wage

Rates vary depending on the level of skill required and type of employer.

Guide to average pay rates

These pay rates are only given as a rough guide (as of October 2014).

  • Clerical/office/administrative Work - £6.70 to £8.00 per hour. Note: for University posts, UE01 hourly rate starts at £7.39 per hour, UE03 starts at £8.58 per hour (as of Aug 2012).
  • Manual/gardening/DIY - from £6.70 per hour (depending on skill required).
  • IT/computing work - rates vary considerably depending on the work and the experience of the person employed. Pay rates for very basic database or web design work range from £8.00 - £10.00 per hour. More complex database or web design work is usually advertised at £12 - £15 per hour. Many students and employers prefer to negotiate a project rate rather than pay by the hour.
  • Tutoring - £10 to £15 per hour depending on the experience of the tutor.
  • Bar/waiting/hotel work - from £6.70 per hour (usually + tips).
  • Childminding - from £6.70 per hour (depending on level of responsibility / number of children etc).
  • Cleaning/household/domestic work - £6.70 to £7 per hour

Methods of payment


If your employment status is an ‘employee’ or a ‘worker’ then it is likely that you will be put on your employer’s payroll, paid directly into your bank account and have tax and National Insurance taken from source.

Working on a self employed basis

If your employment status is genuinely ‘self-employed’ then you will be required to invoice your employer for work you have undertaken and will be responsible for paying your own tax and National Insurance. Undertaking work on this basis can be tricky so we recommend that you visit our employment rights pages and read the Prospects pages on self-employment:

Prospects self-employment

Make sure you know your employment status. We strongly recommend that you visit our pages on your rights at work before starting in employment.

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Your rights at work