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How Will My Second Job Be Taxed?

By: J.A.J Aaronson - Updated: 13 Dec 2018 | comments*Discuss
 
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Q.

If you have two jobs, does the second job get taxed more at all, even if the salary of both jobs combined is less than 34k?

(Mr M.Y., 16 March 2011)

A.

Many people seem to think that second jobs are taxed at a higher rate. We have previously received questions regarding the tax treatment of a part-time job if the worker is drawing a private pension (see Is It Worth Taking a Part-Time Job On A Pension?), and much the same principle applies in your case. There is no separate rate of tax for a second job, although this is likely to affect your non-taxable personal allowances, and your tax code.

Non-taxable Personal Allowance

In the first instance, it is important to note that you have one non-taxable personal allowance per year, regardless of the number of jobs you have. For the 2018-19 tax year, this is set at £11,850 if you are under 65 years old. This non-taxable allowance will apply to just one of your jobs. As such, you will probably receive your allowance on your first job, meaning that the first £11,850 earned from this source will be free from tax. However, once you have used that allowance, all other income will be taxed at the normal rate.

Earnings Threshold

You have mentioned that your combined salary is less than £34,000. For the 2018-19 tax year, the earnings threshold for the basic tax bracket is £46,351. As such, if your total income is less than this, it will all attract income tax at a rate of 20% for this tax year. You should also remember that you will almost certainly be liable for National Insurance Contributions, which will be paid at a rate of 12% for annual earnings between £8,424 and £46,350.

Finally, you are likely to find that your tax code changes if you take on a second job. If you will continue to be a basic rate tax payer, your code will change to BR for ‘basic rate’, and will continue to be followed by a number that outlines the way in which your income is taxed. For more information on understanding your tax code, you may wish to read What Is My Tax Code?

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Will I still get taxed on my second job if that job's income plus my first one (and any previous one I had that year) amounts to less than my yearly personal allowance (£11850?) If not, what is the right tax code for me? If anyone could help me figure this out it would be of huge help!
Cat - 13-Dec-18 @ 12:30 PM
Hi, I work full time my annual income is 25,000. I am considering taking a second job, how would this effect the amount of tax I pay.Would it be worth taking a 2 nd job, or would I end up paying more tax.
Lou - 14-Nov-18 @ 7:42 PM
Hi just need advice on my 2nd jobim currently working full time @37 hrs per week min wageand maybe starting 2nd job @16 hrs per weekwill this affect tax on both jobs and how much will i be paying thanks
Rjrjrj - 9-Nov-18 @ 6:15 PM
We are currently on working tax credits. My husband earns 8200 and has taken a zero hours job earning roughly 2000 a year . He has been taxed is this right.
Ellie - 7-Nov-18 @ 6:00 PM
Good afternoon. I have just retired from my career. My annual pension is 26k. I am working part time earning about 4k a year PAYE and I have been offered another part time job earring about 10k on a self employed basis. Am I better going self employed on the 4K job and registering as a company for tax and benefits purposes?
Roddy - 29-Oct-18 @ 1:41 PM
Hi I have full time job plus extra part time if I will start working for agency tax for one of my extra jobs will b change for 40%?
Sbuj - 16-Oct-18 @ 7:50 AM
Up until june this year i only had 1 job of 14 hrs a wk at minimum.wage, i now have 3 jobs, the 2nd one being 6.7 hrs a wk @ £8.50 and the 3rd being 10 hrs a wk @ £8.81, i paid £60 tax on my 3rd job last month and £84 tax on my 2nd job, i dont understand why i was deducted for 2 jobs and why that much ? Will it right itself, ? Will i get the tax back ?
Kaz - 19-Sep-18 @ 9:49 PM
Hi I’m working 22hrs a week at 7.85ph but also signed up to an agency to work as and when, how much tax would I pay
Fifi - 11-Sep-18 @ 12:24 PM
B - Your Question:
I have two jobs the first is as and when and the second is 12 hrs a week, combined I am nowhere near the tax limit. The first job has my p45, I am paying tax on first job, then get it refunded annually.second job I am down as BR so pay 20% will I get this backannually too?

Our Response:
With the BR code from your job, all your income from this job or pension is taxed at the basic rate of 20% (usually used if you’ve got more than one job or pension). If your earnings have not reached the annual personal tax allowance of £11,850 then you will have this money returned. You may wish to speak to your employer or ring HMRC directly regarding having your tax code changed so that you pay no tax at all.
TheTaxGuide - 4-Sep-18 @ 1:58 PM
I am employed working 15hrs at £8.20 but get paid monthly and I'm self employed for 2 hrs a week at £8.00 a week. Would I get taxed on this. Ive just registered self employed and have no clue what to do.
Loui - 3-Sep-18 @ 2:07 PM
I have two jobs the first is as and when and the second is 12 hrs a week, combined I am nowhere near the tax limit. The first job has my p45, I am paying tax on first job, then get it refunded annually....second job I am down as BR so pay 20% will I get this backannually too?
B - 29-Aug-18 @ 4:06 PM
Hello, I am going to be earning two wages for 3 months soon and was wondering how my tax is going to work. My current job pays me £32,000 per year and I am starting a new rolen November which pays £31,000 per year. I will still be paid by my old job until January (personal leave entitlement and a few other entitlements) I was wondering if you could shed any light as to how my tax will be calculated across both incomes for those three months. Any help would really be appreciated. Richard.
RichardW - 26-Aug-18 @ 9:29 AM
Can my employer find out if I have a second job??
Andy - 24-Aug-18 @ 3:19 PM
Hi, I am in a job earning 55000/year and thinking of taking a second one part time that will pay 20000/year. Could you please advise on the take home pay from both jobs combined after tax? Pension contribution on job 1 is 3% and at job 2 will be 11%. Thanks EB
EB - 21-Aug-18 @ 9:19 PM
Hi I have a part time job that pays £580 every 4 weeks. I have just accepted a second part time job that will pay about £250 per 4 weeks. How much am I likely to be taxed on my second job ? At the moment I don't get taxed on my first job because it is under the allowance. Can someone explain in simple terms what I am likely to have to pay in tax if taking on this second job (slightly thick when it comes to things like this). Thanks.
Amy - 21-Aug-18 @ 4:52 PM
If your second job is bank do you on my pay more tax when you have done shifts in this second job or every month even if not worked
Gem - 16-Aug-18 @ 7:12 PM
Dannyboi - Your Question:
I have a full time job but don't earn enough to be taxed, I've started a second job just for the summer holidays so will I get taxed loads on that job?

Our Response:
You will only get taxed at 20% once you earn over your annual personal tax allowance of £11,850.
TheTaxGuide - 13-Aug-18 @ 1:49 PM
I have a full time job but don't earn enough to be taxed, I've started a second job just for the summer holidays so will I get taxed loads on that job?
Dannyboi - 10-Aug-18 @ 9:12 PM
essavivya - Your Question:
Hi, I'm trying to find out if it would be worth taking a second job in the run up to Christmas (yep, I know it's only August!)my 1st job gives me £21,800 a year before tax.my 2nd job if I take it would give me £10,560 a year before tax. how do I know what i'll be paying out? i get easily confused looking at comparison sites and just want a simple breakdown. I don't want to work every weekend for £880 a month just to lose loads on tax.please help.in desperate need of it!

Our Response:
You will not pay lots of tax. You will get taxed 20% on the earnings of your second job. Your first job allows for £11,850 of your personal allowance to be taken into consideration before it applies 20% tax.
TheTaxGuide - 10-Aug-18 @ 11:25 AM
Jak- Your Question:
Hi I have offer of get extra job for two weeks and actually it will be my additional job for this time as I still have my main job. They will pay me in cash so how we can pay a tax on it? And do I still need to pay NIN

Our Response:
You would have to declare the money via self-assesment. You would not have to pay NI. You would only pay tax on it if your current earnings are over £11,850.
TheTaxGuide - 9-Aug-18 @ 1:44 PM
Hi i have offer of get extra job for two weeks and actually it will be my additional job for this time as I still have my main job. They will pay me in cash so how we can pay a tax on it? And do I still need to pay NIN
Jak - 8-Aug-18 @ 4:21 PM
Hi, i'm trying to find out if it would be worth taking a second job in the run up to Christmas (yep, i know it's only August!) my 1st job gives me £21,800 a year before tax. my 2nd job if i take it would give me £10,560 a year before tax. how do i know what i'll be paying out? i get easily confused looking at comparison sites and just want a simple breakdown. i don't want to work every weekend for £880 a month just to lose loads on tax. please help...in desperate need of it!
essavivya - 7-Aug-18 @ 3:02 PM
HI, I started working from 1. 07.2018 its my first job from april 2018. Now im working on full- time job and i have an opporunity to work on part time job additional. Whats about my tax? I want to be 2 months in uk. Please help me
gosia96 - 1-Aug-18 @ 12:35 PM
I have a contract where I earn £6000 pa but also have a company car, if I take a second job with another company earning another £5000 pa will the company car affect the amount of tax I pay at the second job.
am - 28-Jul-18 @ 8:49 AM
AT - Your Question:
Hi there, I am currently trying to decide between two job options and am wondering which one will be better financially (according to tax & NI). Option 1: Job 1 - 34 hours per week (salary of £19,448)+ job 2 - 15 hours per week (salary of £6,240) orOption 2: Job 1 - 20 hours per week (salary of £12,480) + job 2 - 12 hours per week (salary of £8,640) + job 3 - 15 hours per week (salary of £6,240) For each option how much would you expect me to be taxed each month, and also, would national insurance be in addition to this? I would greatly appreciate your help. Thanks!

Our Response:
Each job would take into account your annual tax allowance of £11,850. Once this amount has been taken into consideration by HMRC then the remainder of your earnings will be taxed at 20%. Your second job will be taxed at 20% (as you can only have an annual tax allowance applied to one job). So, if you earn a total of £25,668 on Option 1, then your taxable wage would be £13,809 meaning you would pay a total of £2,262 in tax per year and have a take home salary of approx £20,837 (once NI was also deducted). In Option 2, your total annual take home salary would be £21,120 (so you will be earning less overall). Therefore, you would pay less tax relatively at £1,852 over the year. Your take home salary would be £17, 744 after tax and national insurance. I hope this makes sense.
TheTaxGuide - 26-Jul-18 @ 10:07 AM
Hi there, I am currently trying to decide between two job options and am wondering which one will be better financially (according to tax & NI). Option 1: Job 1 - 34 hours per week (salary of £19,448) + job 2 - 15 hours per week (salary of £6,240) or Option 2: Job 1 - 20 hours per week (salary of £12,480) + job 2 - 12 hours per week (salary of £8,640) + job 3 - 15 hours per week (salary of £6,240) For each option how much would you expect me to be taxed each month, and also, would national insurance be in addition to this? I would greatly appreciate your help. Thanks!
AT - 25-Jul-18 @ 12:24 PM
Hi I currently work 15hrs week nhs, I have joined the nhs bench to get extra shifts (second job). In sept my main job is going to 7.5hrs and I will be doing between 7.5hrs and 15hrs a week on my second job. With potentially working more on my second job do I need to put this as my main job regarding tax? Thanks in advance
Jo - 25-Jul-18 @ 11:08 AM
I will have 2 jobs both part time. One will be 28 hours and the second 16. None of them reach 11850. But together they reach over 11.850. Will I get taxed on both of them or only on the second one with code BR?
Marianne - 22-Jul-18 @ 10:12 PM
I currently earn £43500, I have a company car and a fuel card meaning my Benicia are more than my personal allowance.I am thinking of taking a second job only 13.5 hours per week.Is is going to be worth while me taking this job?Don’t know the rate of pay for the part time job.
Steve007 - 21-Jul-18 @ 8:21 PM
Hi. I need some advice. I am working 38.5 hrs p/w as my permanent job . If I do some part time job as my second job 22 hrs p/w , how much tax I have to pay for my second job. Thank you
Sonu - 20-Jul-18 @ 7:31 PM
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