Premium payments are an hourly-rate payment for time an employee works on a weekend or a public or privilege leave day (inc. local holidays).
All employees are entitled to premium payments for all hours they work on a weekend or a public or privilege leave day (inc. local holidays), except if they are
- employed on a "self managed hours" contract (see paragraph 1.6 of appendix A7:1), or
- employed to work only at weekends
Note: Eligibility is unrelated to whether or not an employee is entitled to overtime. The two payments are separate.
Rate of payment
The hourly rate of premium payment is calculated from Plain Time Rate (PTR), as follows:
- ½PTR for all hours worked but sub-paragraph b) below will apply when a public holiday (e.g. Christmas day) falls on a Saturday.
b) Sundays, public holidays, bank holidays and privilege days (inc. local holidays)
- PTR for all hours worked.
The method of calculating PTR is given in paragraph 1.4 of appendix A7:1.
Premium payments will be paid in addition to:
- Basic pay - in the case of full and part-time employees working within conditioned hours
- Overtime pay - in the case of full and part-time employees working in excess of conditioned hours
- Shift allowance
If your attendance at the workplace qualifies you for a minimum call-out credit, premium payments will be made for the number of hours credited even if the number of hours you actually worked is less.
Premium payments are reckonable for superannuation purposes but are not subject to deduction of WPS contributions. They are not reckonable for performance pay.
You cannot normally take time off in lieu of premium payments.
Last updated 05/11/10
Amendment 109 - November 2010