Definition of basic wage in English:

basic wage


  • 1The amount a person earns before additional payments such as overtime.

    • ‘The basic wage is £4.62 per hour for in-store staff.’
    • ‘The scheme offers a basic wage, advice on starting a social business and the opportunity to network with other social entrepreneurs.’
    • ‘With the money advanced by the government, and starting in March 1920, workers were granted a provisional second supplement to the old basic wage.’
    • ‘The chairman sat down with the players at the start of the season to agree a bonus scheme that could see the club's players virtually double their basic wage if they achieved all their season's goals.’
    • ‘The vast increase in basic wage is designed to end the current system under which councillors vie to receive special responsibility allowances.’
    • ‘It was a bad contract, a flat basic wage that had him well down the pecking order by the end of the third year.’
    • ‘They are demanding a 20 percent enhancement in bonus payments, a revision of the basic wage, and the filling of all vacant positions.’
    • ‘In addition to basic wages, workers can receive allowances for hazardous work, accommodation, and various other aspects of the job.’
    • ‘The unidentified officer's huge overtime bonus was on top of his basic wage of €35,000, plus allowances.’
    • ‘If local authorities do not agree to raise the basic wage of firefighters from 21,000 to 30,000, the union has vowed to call a national strike.’
    • ‘The union has demanded a 40 per cent pay rise or a basic wage of £30,000.’
    • ‘In January, basic wage income grew 5.8% from the previous year, the largest yearly gain in four years and twice the rate of inflation.’
    • ‘They voted 176 to nil to reject a £7 per hour basic wage in a secret ballot on Monday.’
    • ‘I was paid a basic wage of £7 with £5 extra if I made the first team.’
    • ‘He adds: ‘The home-grown talent is more appealing to the directors because they come in on a low basic wage.’’
    • ‘The cleaners are campaigning for a basic wage of £5.70 an hour.’
    • ‘Increases in the basic wage added to the exodus, especially amongst shepherds, and the gap between town and country widened to such an extent that the former does not always understand the latter.’
    • ‘Time is ticking down towards Thursday's planned walk-out, with drivers holding firm over their £8-an - hour basic wage claim.’
    • ‘It means the players, who apart from a payment from their union last month have been playing for nothing since the club went into administration, are at least assured of their basic wages until a deal is finalised.’
    • ‘This basic wage should have a certain limit - say no more than £20,000-a-week.’
    1. 1.1Australian, NZ
      another term for minimum wage
      • ‘The indifference shown by the government in accepting the demands of the village guards seeking minimum basic wages for their services during the past few years is unfortunate.’
      • ‘The basic wage of a delivery postman is £250.53 per week, rising to £300 in London.’
      • ‘His regulation to ensure minimum wage levels established the concept of a basic wage in 1907.’
      • ‘Education workers rejected a 33 percent pay raise offer and are demanding a 100 percent increase in their basic wages.’
      • ‘After payment, the employer is then expected to claim from Social Security that ‘part of the remuneration which constitutes the basic wage of the employee’.’
      • ‘Within the space of a few months hundreds of thousands lost their jobs, and already low basic wages lost half their value.’
      • ‘And that's the system that produced the basic wage, the arbitration system, the dole and so on.’
      • ‘It argues that those on the basic wage could expect to get 50% of income upon retirement through the State pension.’
      • ‘The commercial port's management and dockworkers have been engaged in an ongoing dispute since 1997 over basic wages and conditions.’
      • ‘Some 230 workers are involved in the dispute and are demanding improvements in basic wages, bonuses and classifications.’
      • ‘Although the workers continued to receive their basic wages for several months after being laid off, they have not been paid for the last five months.’
      • ‘On the same day, doctors began an indefinite strike, demanding a basic wage of $300 per month to compensate for the effects of the dollarization of the economy.’
      • ‘Unconfirmed reports said the management were leaning towards a full closure for 12 months which would involve full-time staff being put on basic wages for the period.’
      • ‘Employers are doing more than boosting basic wages.’
      • ‘Consequently, whilst inequality persisted, the underlying trends involved increasing the proportion of the population that shared basic wage earner standards of living.’
      • ‘As you know, the case established the basic wage, defined as a wage sufficient to support a working man, his dependent wife and three children ‘in frugal comfort’.’
      • ‘He believed in a free press, the right of workers to form associations or unions and he believed in fixed wages for regulated working hours - a basic wage in other words.’
      • ‘Along the way its achievements have been significant: a 40-hour week, basic wages, leave entitlements, equal pay, superannuation, redundancy rights and the recognition of indigenous Australians.’
      • ‘In that world, men were breadwinners and the basic wage is formulated on the basis that a man supports his wife and family and a woman does the job of rearing children.’
      • ‘The gap between basic wages and the salaries that businesses are willing to pay should be bridged by the government.’