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Payslips explained

Gross pay

Gross pay is the total amount you’re paid before any deductions are made.

Net pay

Net pay is the total amount you're paid after statutory and voluntary deductions are made.

Taxable pay

Taxable pay is your gross pay less the following main contributions:

  • Pension scheme
  • Additional Superannuation Contribution (ASC)
  • Tax-saver travel scheme
  • Cycle-to-work scheme

These amounts are deducted from your gross pay before your tax is calculated.

See: Guide to Calculating Gross to Net Fortnightly Pay

Deductions from your pay

Some deductions from your salary are mandatory and others are voluntary.

Mandatory deductions include:

  • PAYE
  • USC (Universal Social Charge)
  • PRSI (Pay Related Social Insurance)
  • Pension (Superannuation)
  • Pension Related Deduction (PRD)

Voluntary deductions include:


Payroll-related overpayments arise when monies are paid in excess of what is due to you.

All overpayments must be repaid to the HSE in full, in as short a period as possible.

You must contact your local Payroll department immediately if you notice an overpayment.

Understanding your payslip

Your payslip shows the payments and deductions in your pay.


Guide to Calculating Gross to Net Fortnightly Pay

Contact your local Payroll department if you have any questions about your payslip..

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Page last reviewed: 20/11/2020
Next review due: 20/11/2023