January Pay Day Consultation

The University is considering a proposal to bring forward by one week the date on which staff are paid in January each year, which would ease cash flow for all but perhaps particularly for lower paid staff.

Pay day is normally the day before the last working day of the month. This may mean that salaries are paid early:

  • at Easter, depending on when the Bank Holidays and University Closed Days fall;
  • in August, when they are paid immediately prior to the Bank Holiday, whenever it may fall; and 
  • in December, when they are usually paid around the 20th of the month, before the Christmas break.

If December salaries are paid around 20th December, and the next salary instalment is due at the end of January, the interval between the two could be as much as six weeks; it may be a little less if the last two days of January fall at a weekend. It is then a further four weeks until the February pay day, February being the shortest month.

The University wishes to hear the views of staff on a proposal to equalise the pay intervals between December and February by paying January salaries a week earlier, around the 24th January.

To express your view, please complete the form below by 23rd October.


  • Would you support moving the January pay day?
  • Please confirm your staff group