When you start a job or apprenticeship, you should check you’re receiving at least the minimum wage for your age and that you’re being taxed correctly. You should also think about saving for retirement as soon as you start earning.
Find out the National Minimum Wage for your age group. To make sure you’re being paid correctly, it’s important that you understand the payments and deductions you’ll find on your payslip. We explain them in our guide Understanding your payslip.
As an apprentice, there are different rules around pay, which we explain in our guide Apprenticeships explained.
Specific rules apply too if you’re a temp or agency worker. Read our guide Pay and benefits for temps and agency workers.
If you’re aged 22 and over, and earning over £10,000 a year, then your employer will automatically enrol you into a workplace pension. Read our guide Automatic enrolment – what to expect from your employer.
Even if you're under 22 or earn less than £10,000 a year, you might still choose to start paying into your workplace pension. There’s more information about the pros and cons of joining a pension scheme and how to do it in our guides Automatic enrolment if you’re 21 or under and Automatic enrolment if you earn £10,000 a year or less.