Personnel (Contd.) Correspondence Service question is really very complex I can only say I'll do my best. But what I can guarantee is that every letter which reaches me will be answered." He certainly has no literary qualifications for the job of writing to seafarers, he says, but he does know something about them having spent the last ten years among seafarers, first as port chaplain at Swansea and later at Tilbury. Before becoming a Missions to Seamen chaplain Mr. Jones worked in various parishes and before his ordination he was in industry and also did two years in the British Army, serving in Korea and Hong Kong. He can be reached at:
The Missions to Seamen, St. Michael Paternoster Royal College Hill, London EC4 R 2RL.
*** The following "layman's guide" to the divisions and figures on your monthly pay slip is included at the request of one or two of the sea-going personnel.
PA YSLIPS AND OTHER BITS AND PIECES The monthly payslip can be either the bearer of good or bad tidings, dependent upon what the recipient is doing when received: on duty, leave or retention. The top left-hand box on the top line of the payslip shows whether or not the recipient is receiving tax reduction for time spent out of the UK. The figure in brackets indicates the amount upon which the tax calculation is based. The N.I. and Tax Code Blocks are self-explanatory. The Contract Category refers to the category on which National Insurance payments are based. For all our Officers this is 2D, except for Cadets where it is 2A. The Basic Pay box indicates the base rate for calculations during that month. Any change in rate, that is to say from Container to Retention Rate, or vice versa is adjusted in the Extra Payment box. The Nights/O.Time box is where payment for nights on board is indicated. The Bulker box is now obsolete. The Leave box shows payments for any leave liquidated. The "Other" box is used for any minor adjustments. The total pre-tax adjustment is the sum of the extra payments outlined above, which sum is added to the basic pay to arrive at the gross pay. If the recipient has been in receipt of Sickness . Benefit this is deducted and does not show in the Gross pay as Sickness Benefit is not taxed. It is then added back in the box immediately underneath "Post Tax Adjustment". More later, however, on Post Tax Adjustments. We come now to Deductions. Boxes 1 to 6 are not presently used but could be used, for example, if additional types of statutory deductions were to be levied. Voluntary Pension is the box where payments to the Additional Voluntary Pension Scheme are deducted. Details can be obtained from the Wages Department in Mersey Chambers. The Superannuation, Tax and State Pension boxes are selfexplanatory. The Total Deductions equal the sum of all statutory deductions during the month in question. The Post Tax Adjustment is where any Sickness Benefit previously deducted in the Sickness Benefit Deduction box is added back into the equation. This is the point where Wives' Air Fares are deducted and any other amounts owed to the Company are recovered. The Nett Pay is the Gross Pay minus total deductions, plus or minus any Post Tax Adjustment. The fmalline in the payslip summarises the total deductions to date during the current tax year. With your April payslip you should receive a complete print-out which lists ships and two dates together with total days between the two dates. 5
Harrison News Letter No35