Help Centre for Employers

What is a Pay Code?

A pay code is a four digit code that allows you to identify one payroll from another. If you need to add a new pay code to your portal, please use the following pointers to help you create a pay code(s) that is useful to you.

A pay code

  1. Must contain four characters
  2. Must be alphanumeric (i.e. can contain only letters and/or numbers)
  3. Is case sensitive

If you need to add a payroll, then set the pay code to the next number in the sequence e.g. P00x.

  1. P001 for monthly payrolls
  2. P002 for weekly payrolls
  3. P003 for temporary/casual staff
  4. P004 for permanent staff
  5. P005 – office based in London
  6. P006 – office based in Manchester

You will need to input this code when setting up your payroll and uploading each payroll file.
The pay code is referred to in the NOW: File Format as the PAYCODE.

More information can be found in the employer pensions portal guide (step 4).

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