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
ADV. handsomely, well She pays her workers very well. | gladly I would gladly pay for the extra security such a scheme would bring. | up I had a hard time getting him to pay up.
VERB + PAY have to, must | be able/unable to, can/can't, can/can't afford to help for those genuinely unable to pay Protesters against the tax carried banners reading ‘Can't pay! Won't pay!’ | expect (sb) to You can expect to pay upwards of £200 a night at this exclusive hotel. | be liable to It is for the courts to decide who is liable to pay damages. | be ordered to, be required to The company was ordered to pay the five workers £5,000 in compensation each. | agree to, be prepared to, be willing to, offer to, promise to | fail to, neglect to He was made bankrupt for failing to pay debts totalling over £2 million. | refuse to | help (to) The revenue will be used to help pay for environmental improvements. | get sb to, make sb If Mac had killed Caroline, then he was going to make him pay the price. | let sb She wouldn't let me pay for my ticket.
PREP. for How much did you pay for your new car? | to We pay £200 a week to our landlord.
PHRASES ability to pay Taxation should be based on ability to pay.