Payslips explained

Your payslip explained (PDF, 532 KB, 3 pages)

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.

Guide to calculating gross to net fortnightly pay (Word, 105KB, 14 pages)

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:

Guide to calculating gross to net fortnightly pay (Word, 105KB, 14 pages)


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.

Contact your local Payroll department immediately if you notice an overpayment.

Understanding your payslip

Your payslip shows the payments and deductions in your pay.

Get an explanation of the items that appear on your payslip, pay periods and how your pay is calculated in the guide to calculating gross to net fortnightly pay (Word, 105 KB, 14 pages)

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

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