Given that money is probably most of the reason that you’re looking for a part-time job, it’s important that you understand how it works.
Your wage is what you get paid for doing your job. Wages are paid hourly, this is different from salaries where you are paid an amount regardless of your hours worked.
Your wage may be paid out weekly, or monthly. Some prefer a weekly wage because it means that they’re less likely to blow their entire paycheck and end up poor for a few weeks before they get paid again. These people are usually financially irresponsible. If you’re cautious, how often you get paid is irrelevant. Though it might be preferable to get paid weekly if you suspect you might not hang around long.
How your wage is paid to you may vary. But for the most part, it’ll be paid directly into your bank account every payday.
For the most part, part-time jobs pay minimum wage or slightly above it, depending on your age and what your job actually is. As of April 1st 2016, the UK minimum wage is as follows:
Age 25+ – £7.20 an hour
Age 21 – 24 – £6.70 an hour
Age 18 – 20 – £5.30 an hour
Under 18 – £3.87 an hour
Apprentice* – £3.30 an hour
*Apprentices are only entitled to the apprentice rate if they’re either younger than 19, or in their first year of apprenticeship. If they do not fit into those categories, they are entitled to the appropriate minimum wage for their age.
If you’re in the US, your minimum wage will vary depending on the state you live in. So, sorry to our friends across the pond, but nobody wants to read an article with 50 different explanations of the minimum wage. However, the federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. The minimum wage in your state may vary, but from my understanding, it will not be under $7.25 an hour, unless you are not entitled to that minimum wage.
None of this is to say that you’re guaranteed to get paid bare minimum wage. Some employers may pay slightly above, depending on the cost of living in your area and a number of other factors.
By tips, I don’t mean advice. Though I will be giving some.
In the United Kingdom, tips do not count towards the minimum wage. Your employer is required to pay you the minimum wage you are eligible for regardless of how much money you make in tips. This is in part due to the lack of tipping culture in the UK. If you’re planning on working in a restaurant, do not expect to make huge amounts of money in tips.
For our friends in the United States, employees in a position where they are likely to receive tips (e.g. waiting staff) are not entitled to the same minimum wage as everyone else. Instead, your employer is only required to pay $2.13 an hour, provided you make $30 a month in tips. This tipped wage varies depending on the state you live in. It is expected that tips will make up the rest of the wage gap. In instances where it does not, your employer is required to pay you up to the minimum wage.