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Placement PAL Central: Placement PAL Pay

This is a guide for Placement PAL Leaders.

Link to Download Forms

You can download the PAL Pay claim form here.

Once completed, please email the claim to in Excel format.

If you have been required to complete a register for your session, please email this in as an attachment alongside your pay claim.

We recommend you retain a copy of your pay claim for your own records.

You can claim up to a maximum of 3 months at a time, but we do recommend submitting a claim monthly to avoid a backlog of claims.

Please specify on your form that the work you have carried out is 'Placement PAL' work to avoid confusion with regular PAL claims.

Please note: A new copy of the claim form has been uploaded due to some issues with inputting a date on the previous file. Please use this new claim form, and note that 'Occupancy no' refers to your 'Post no'. 'Employee no' remains the same.

Submitting your Pay Claim

The deadline for pay claim forms is the 1st of each month.

Pay forms that are submitted late will not be approved until the following deadline.

You will be paid 1 month in arrears (e.g. your September hours will be paid at the end of October) to allow the Central PAL Team and Payroll time to process the high volume of claims received.

It should be one calendar month per timesheet – even if you have one date for the previous month, this requires a new form for that month!

You must complete another form with all details if you run out of space.

Once you have completed the form please email it to the PAL team: (use this email if you have any queries).

Pay Rate for PAL Leaders 2020-21

The pay rate for your PAL work will be £12.94 per hour, as of the 1st of April 2023, mirroring the National Living Wage for Student Leaders at BU. This has been endorsed by the Student Work on Campus Steering Group in April 2023 and is in use with all student PAL roles.

Pension Information

You will be automatically enrolled into the the Local Government Pension Scheme and will contribute from your first day of employment.

If you want to opt-out of the pension scheme, an opt-out form is available from (Forms, Guides and Factsheets section).

Please note: you cannot sign and date the opt-out form until, at the earliest, the first day of membership of the scheme, and, by law BU may not provide you with the opt-out form. You will need to send this form to the following address:

Bournemouth University Payroll

Melbury House,

1-3 Oxford Road,



For general information about pensions and saving for retirement please visit Pension information is available in the BU staff handbook and website, and if you have any questions please email

How do I complete my pay claim form?

Please don't worry if you are struggling to complete your pay claim form! You can find a downloadable example here of a completed form with information on how to fill in each field.

Employee and Occupancy Numbers

We will contact you to provide you with your Employee Number and Occupancy Number once we have received these from HR. Once you have received these details, please include them on all pay claims going forward.

Tax Information

If you have any concerns regarding tax on your PAL Pay - for example, you think you are being taxed too much - please direct all tax-related queries to who will be able to advise.

The Central PAL Team authorise the PAL pay claims but do not process your payslips, pension or tax.

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