Definition of basic pay in English:

basic pay


  • [mass noun] A standard rate of pay before additional payments such as allowances and bonuses.

    • ‘Private sector workers receive only the flat rate bonus with no annual increments to their basic pay with the result that they end up at the bottom of the wage scale.’
    • ‘The basic pay rates of staff in private prisons are comparable to publicly paid prison officers.’
    • ‘Other issues to be addressed are enhancing safety, giving dignity back to the employees and overhauling the pay system by incorporating bonuses into basic pay.’
    • ‘The funds group announced that several executive directors had agreed to a one-third cut in basic pay for 2002 as well as postponing receipt of deferred bonuses worth several million pounds.’
    • ‘The miners' union executive voted 14 to 10 today to accept basic pay rises within the Government's 10 per cent guidelines.’
    • ‘Current basic pay rates for drivers can be as low as £4.97 an hour - which will be below the new national minimum wage of £5.05 an hour due in October.’
    • ‘The union is seeking to increase basic pay to a minimum of £300 a week by October 2003.’
    • ‘Company bosses expect to receive average bonuses of 30% this year while ordinary workers expect an average bonus of just 8.9% of basic pay.’
    • ‘This does not necessarily mean that basic pay rates are that much higher.’
    • ‘This conference would start a national strike ballot to fight for basic pay of £30,000 a year.’
    • ‘He said that many planners work in the evenings and at the weekend without any addition to their basic pay.’
    • ‘This meant that workers would get 4 ½ days' basic pay for the three-day week.’
    • ‘But it wants to do this by cutting basic pay and introducing a complicated bonus system that can be withheld at management's discretion.’
    • ‘Some workers claim their basic pay and conditions worsened after a pay award which was imposed on union members under a binding arbitration agreement.’
    • ‘Senior hospital doctors were officially awarded an increase on their basic pay of 8.5% rising to 15% over three years.’
    • ‘Even if they come sixth, however, they could receive one and a half times their salary on top of basic pay and a bonus equivalent to that salary.’
    • ‘These directors can earn a further 40% of basic pay in bonuses.’
    • ‘The bitter dispute which has put patients' lives at risk surrounds the basic pay allowance for radiographers to work on-call from 5pm to 9am and during the weekends.’
    • ‘Some argue that they need the tips because their basic pay is so poor.’
    • ‘The basic pay of a councillor would double from about 6000.’