Payment and Direct Deposit
If this is your first appointment at UBC, you will need to set up direct deposit with UBC Finance to ensure you receive your pay in a timely manner. You should be prompted to do this in Workday.
All TA’s are paid twice per month – on the 15th and the last day of the month.
The number of assigned hours as indicated on your offer(s) will be spread out evenly throughout the term of your appointment (shown as “Period of Contract” on your contract”). Typically this will be:
September 1 to December 31 for term 1 courses (4 months)
January 1 to April 30 for term 2 courses (4 months)
September 1 to April 30 for 2-term courses (8 months)
May 1 to June 30 for term 1 courses (2 months)
July 1 to August 31 for term 2 courses (2 months)
May 1 to August 31 for 2-term courses (4 months)
PLEASE NOTE: This information is for setting up direct deposit as a UBC employee (being appointed as a TA means you are a UBC employee). This is NOT the same as setting up Direct Deposit for students to have awards/scholarships directly deposited into their bank account.
If your direct deposit has been inactive for 2 years, you may need to reactivate it. Check your Workday profile for information about this.Once you set up direct deposit and the term has begun, you can check your statements online from your Workday Home page, using your Pay application. If you do not know your Employee ID, first check your LFS TA Application profile. From your Home page, check Profile, Confidential Information. If your appointment has been completed, your Employee ID should be listed there. If not, please send an email to the Academic Coordinator at email@example.com.
If you have not set up Direct Deposit prior to your first pay period, you will need pick up your printed pay cheque from:
NOTE: During the COVID-19 pandemic, first contact UBC Finance for information on how to pick up or receive your paper cheques, if necessary.
Wages and Classifications
Schedule A – Wages and Classifications
Hourly salaries for the classifications of CUPE 2278 employees are listed below:
Pay rates in effect for September 1, 2021:
STA = $37.59
GTA 1 = $35.13
GTA 2 = $33.80
UTA 1 = $22.77
UTA 2 = $20.33
Marker = $16.18
Refer to the Collective Agreement for more info.
(Source: CUPE 2278 Website, Sept 2020)
Senior Teaching Assistant (STA)
A Senior TA is a graduate student who is registered in a masters’ or doctoral program at the University of British Columbia and is required by the University to perform lead hand duties as a Teaching Assistant. These duties typically include coordinating other Teaching Assistants, and providing guidance, technical knowledge, and subject matter expertise to other Teaching Assistants, and/or developing curriculum under the guidance of a faculty member. For more information about eligibility requirements, you can check with your supervisor or the Academic Coordinator.
This classification is not automatic, but is usually assigned by the supervisor.
Graduate Teaching Assistant 1 (GTA 1)
A GTA 1 is a graduate student who is registered in a master’s or doctoral degree program at the University of British Columbia. This student has completed at least two (2) years’ experience as a graduate teaching assistant.
Two years is defined as the equivalent of two full Winter term Graduate TAships of 192 hours each per year. This equals: 192h +192h = 384h/each year, for two years, equalling 384h + 384h = 768 Total TA hours accumulated.
When the student has accumulated 768 Graduate TA hours of experience, they are moved to GTA 1
in the term that follows after the term in which they reached 768 GTA hours.
(Neither Summer term TAship hours nor Undergraduate TA hours are included in the above total.)
Graduate Teaching Assistant 2 (GTA 2)
A GTA 2 is a graduate student who is registered in a master’s or doctoral degree program at the University of British Columbia who has completed less than two (2) years’ service as a graduate student teaching assistant (GTA).
Undergraduate Teaching Assistant 1 (UTA 1)
A UTA 1 is an undergraduate student who is registered in a bachelor’s degree program at the University of British Columbia who is required to perform Teaching Assistant duties with substantial student contact. PLEASE NOTE: At present (2022), all LFS Undergraduate Teaching Assistants are employed at this level. Your contract will show as “UTA”.
Undergraduate Teaching Assistant 2 (UTA 2)
A UTA 2 is an undergraduate student who is registered in a bachelor’s degree program at the University of British Columbia who performs Teaching Assistant duties without substantial student contact. (LFS does not use this level.)
A Marker is an employee appointed to a position which involves only marking without substantial student contact. This classification is intended to capture any TA appointment that is marking only, and as long as instructional feedback is not being provided to the student as part of the marking assignment. PLEASE NOTE: At present (2022), we do not employ anyone at a “Marker” designation.
Vacation Entitlement for CUPE 2278
“For CUPE 2278 Teaching Assistant employees, 4% vacation pay is included in their salary.
For employees who are working a full Teaching Assistantship (12 hours per week over two terms), the 16 hours of vacation that is allotted will normally be scheduled between Dec. 24 and Jan. 1. A full-time TA position (192 hours/term) includes 8 hours of paid vacation/term. This is pro-rated for partial appointments (e.g. 4 hours for 96-hour appointments). It is advised that you note your vacation hours in your hours log.
If an employee wishes to take vacation at another time, the leave must be approved by their supervisor.
Vacation time is pro-rated for those employees who are working less than a full Teaching Assistantship.”
Formula for determining your vacation entitlement:
16 / 384 * X = vacation hours. An example is a TAship of 75 TA support hours:
16/384 * 75 = 3.125 vacation hours
Tax forms can be found at:
TD1BC Provincial Tax Form: https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/forms-publications/td1-personal-tax-credits-returns.html
Electronic Pay Statements
Your pay statement has details of your earnings, taxes and deductions. They are ONLY available online in your Workday Pay application. Pay statements are generally available online four to six days prior to the next payday.
Tax Slips (T4 or T4A)
Tax Slips Online
Accessing your T4 or T4A online requires a login to your Workday Home page.
In your Pay application, you will find your Tax documents.