pay noun

ADJ. monthly, weekly | full, half He has taken leave on half pay. | high | low, poor workers on low pay | equal equal pay for men and women | basic | gross | take-home the average take-home pay of a manual worker | holiday | maternity | overtime | redundancy, severance | unemployment | sick, sickness | back The workers are demanding their back pay. | merit, performance, performance-related | profit-related

QUANT. level, rate The job offers good rates of pay and excellent conditions.

VERB + PAY get | give sb

PAY + NOUN day | cheque, packet the money in my weekly pay packet | slip | increase, rise | cut | freeze | claim, demand | bargaining, negotiations | agreement, award, deal, offer, settlement | dispute, strike | levels, rates industrial unrest over pay levels in the public sector | scale, structure He's at the top of his company's pay scale.

PREP. on … ~ Women are eligible for 18 weeks maternity leave on full pay. | with ~ holidays with pay | without ~ He has been suspended without pay.

PHRASES a cut/an increase/a reduction in pay