Vocabulary about Work Conditions


to earn a salary, to have a good pay, to be well paid
to earn the minimum wage = for low qualified jobs
an hourly wage, monthly wage, ...
to collect (=receive) your salary on a weekly/monthly basis
to collect your paycheck every month

core salary = basic salary/income
+ commissions/bonuses = a percentage on sales/profit
+ benefits = other economic perks (= incentives)
to work in retail (=shops), in hospitality (=restaurants, hotels)
precarious jobs = with bad working conditions
zero-hour contracts (UK) = type of precarious contract

a payroll accountant = in charge of payments,
be on payroll = be paid by the company, not an external contractor
payslip = a detailed breakdown (= in categories) of your gross and net salary
to get a salary increase (=pay rise) for seniority
seniority = long years in the company

be hired/contracted as a freelancer = independent contractor
a freelanceR = noun
a freelance (= adjective) consultant/developer/teacher
to charge (= get money) an hourly fee of €15
fees = a contractor's salary/price for their services


to have good working hours = schedule, timetable
to get a 9-5 job (nine to five), an office job
to work from dawn to dusk = from sunrise to sunset

to work part-time, full-time
to work in shifts, to have a rota = changing timetable
to do the morning shift, evening shift, night shift
to have a lunch break, a 30-minute lunch break

to do overtime = work beyond your regular hours
to toil hard, to work long hours, to put in many hours,
Let's call it a day = decide to finish work today

we are running behind schedule = failing to meet our deadlines
we are working non-stop/flat out/at full swing
we are snowed under = have a huge workload (=amount of work)


entry-level jobs = at the bottom of the organisation
a training/junior/middle/senior position (=job)
Example: a junior consultant, a middle manager, a senior executive, ...

the board = the directors, management, the board of directors
the top dogs, big wigs, big shots = the big bosses
to climb UP the corporate ladder = grow within the company

to delegate ON your employees/team/underlings (= those working for you)
to report TO the head of marketing, the sales director, ...
to account FOR (= be responsible for) the performance of the department

blue-collar employees = unskilled, not qualified, factory/manual skills
white-collar employees = skilled, qualified, office/mental skills
a freelancer = a self-employed person, sole trader, independent contractor

to be promoted = get a job of higher category, get a promotion
to be demoted = get a job of lower category
to be sidelined = not given any responsibility, set aside
an employee performance appraisal = employee evaluation


perks = non-economic incentives, rewards
to be eligible to = to have the right to, be entitled to
medical insurance = to cover costs of medical care
national insurance contributions = for pensions, unemployment, accident, and so on
PAYE = "Pay As You Earn", UK's national insurance contributions paid by the employer

private pension scheme = saving plan for retirement
meal/travel/accommodation allowance = subsistence, when paid by the company
the company car is paid FOR by the company
a career plan = list of career goals for an employee
ongoing training = long-term training plan