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Scottish Income Tax And National Insurance

If you live in Scotland, you’ll pay a different rate of tax, called the ‘Scottish rate of Income Tax’. Scottish Income Tax applies to your wages, pension and most other taxable income. You’ll still pay the same rate of tax on dividend income and savings interest as the rest of the UK.

Apprenticeships explained

Apprenticeships are designed to help you to gain hands on experience within an industry and learn new practical skills, while earning a qualification and receiving a living wage. They take one to five years to complete and are open to anyone over the age of 16, who is not enrolled in full-time education.

How you get paid at work

Whether it’s a part-time job during your studies or your first full-time job, earning your own money is extremely rewarding. How you’re paid for your work and when you’re paid can vary considerably – we look at the different ways employers pay their staff.

Second job tax and pay

Getting a second job can be a good way of making ends meet – but there might be tax on a second job you have to pay and National Insurance and benefit implications from earning separate salaries.

Understanding your payslip

Whether it’s your first payslip or if you’ve been working for years, it’s still important to know how your pay is worked out. Your payslip contains important information, including your payroll number, your tax code, and your gross and net pay. In this guide we’ll help you understand your payslip and explain how to make sure you’re being paid the right amount.

Changing your career following redundancy

Redundancy can mean new opportunities, including the chance to retrain for a new career. In this guide, you’ll find out where to get financial support and advice as well as your options for retraining. You might find that losing your job opens the door to a new career.

National Minimum Wage

Almost all workers in the UK are entitled to be paid at least the National Minimum Wage - or the National Living Wage if you’re 25 or over. This page tells you how to make sure you’re being paid the right rate. It also covers common mistakes employers make when calculating the National Minimum Wage - and the difference between the National Living Wage (which is compulsory) and the Living Wage (which employers can choose to pay).

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