As there have been a lot of posts on this topic recently I have tried to work out the peculiarities of this in my own Local Authority - this is the largest one in the country and I'm guessing some of the other big councils might share this same system. I must point out that this will only relate to state schools in England - academies and free schools can pay whatever they like, and different rules will certainly apply in Scotland and quite possibly in Wales and Northern Ireland too - so I'm admitting this may not necessarily be of help to many people asking the question but here goes with my quick guide to how you might work out actual pay as opposed to the rather attractive figure which may be quoted in a job advert! Within my LA a level 3 TA will be paid at Grade 3 which is a full-time, all-year-round rate of £18638 - £23945 - if you are a new TA you will almost certainly start at the bottom of the scale and will be entitled to a whole-time annual leave of 5 weeks per year. You are likely to be employed for 32.5 hours per week. Number of weeks paid: 39 school weeks (this is 38 when the children are in and the other week is made up of the 5 Training Days (some TAs say they don't get paid for these but instead work the other 5 days during school holidays - if this is the case you should not be expected to attend training days in school but otherwise you are paid for them and will be expected to attend). You will have a proportion of 5 weeks annual leave and 2.4 weeks bank holiday/concessionary days - your paid year will be worked out like this: 39 weeks + 5 weeks annual leave + 2.4 bank hols = 46.4 weeks of that 7.4 weeks is leave so divide by 52.142 weeks (this is one of those peculiarities - I have no idea why it's 52.142 - I could understand 52.25 to allow for leap years) and multipl;y by the 46.4 weeks you are employed for and this gives you 6.59 weeks paid holiday which is then added to the 39 school weeks to give a total of 45.59 payable weeks each year. To work out actual pay then it is like this: Divide the full time rate of £18638 by 52.142 and x by 45.59 = £16296 Now divide £16296 by 36.5 (full-time hours) and x by 32.5 (your own hours) = £14510.14 I have seen the final figure quoted as £14512 actual pay per year so you can see there is still some strange jiggery-pokery which I haven't quite worked out to get an exact figure but it's close enough! This payment of £14512 is split into 12 equal monthly payments by another fiendish calculation of your working hours spread across the 52 weeks so if your payslip shows the hours you've been paid it will be something like 28.42 hours per week rather than the 32.5 you actually work for 45.59 weeks in the year! If you want to work out take-home pay there are lots of very useful take-home pay calculators online: http://www.thesalarycalculator.co.uk/ - don't forget to factor in if you are paying pension ( I would always advise that you do so, even with changes to the Local Government Pension Scheme it's still a lot better than just relying on the state pension), and union contributions ( again, really important for staff working in schools) Finally, I do know that our LA is one of the best paid ones and I know that many TAs will consider this example unimaginably high - anyone interested in becoming a TA needs to be aware that in many areas TAs will be working far less than 32.5 hours, on lower levels, and on much lower rates - a great many of them do not earn the £10000 needed to pay income tax so please do not assume any jobs you apply for will be comparable to the example I've just given - but the rough calculation should give you an idea of how much a job will actually pay.