Different earnings patterns can have an impact on your Universal Credit payments. This is particularly if you get paid more often because of the way the pay dates fall within certain months.
For example, if you get paid every four weeks – in some months you might get two pay cheques.
If you get paid every two weeks, there are some months when you’ll get paid three times.
If you get paid every week, sometimes you’ll be paid five times in a month.
When this happens, you could be pushed over the earnings threshold and receive no Universal Credit payment for the following month, or a reduced payment.
However, if you’re paid monthly, rules introduced in November 2020 mean that if you get two salary payments in one month, one will automatically be moved into a different assessment period. You could perhaps get two salary payments in one month because your payday lands on a weekend or public holiday.
This should mean if you’re paid monthly by your employer, you won’t have any assessment periods without a Universal Credit payment. You don’t have to do anything to make this happen, but you can let your work coach know if you know in advance.