Ordinary Rate of Pay (OPR)

OPR means wages whether calculated by the month, the week, the day, the hour or by piece rate or otherwise which an employee is entitled to receive for the normal hours of work for one day. Does not include

  1. any payment made under an approved incentive payment scheme or
  2. any payment for work done on a rest day or any gazetted PH granted by the employer or on any day substituted for the gazetted public holiday

Hourly rate of pay means the OPR divided by the normal hours of work.

Monthly OPR calculated monthly rate of pay / 26

Where an employee is employed on a weekly rate of pay the OPR is week

Weekly rate of pay / 6

Where employee is employed on a daily rate of pay or on piece rate, the OPR is

Employee’s total wages earned in the preceding wage period excluding (a) / actual days worked by the employee during that wage period excluding (b)

(a): any payment made under an approved incentive payment scheme or for work done on any rest day, any gazetted PH granted by the employer or any day substituted for the gazetted PH

(b): any rest day, any gazetted PH or any paid holiday substituted for gazetted PH

An employer may adopt any method or formula other than the above method or formula for calculating the OPR of an employee.  However the adoption of any other method or formula must not result in a rate that is less than any of the rates set out above.

for sick Leave payment the calculation of the ORP of an employee employed on a daily rate of pay or on piece rates, shall take account only of the basic pay the employee receives or the rate per piece he is paid for work done in a day under the contract of service.