For each of the last 15 years, in the UK how many weeks were there in the tax/financial year? I want to have a clear out of old payslips and plan on shredding them all apart from the last one of each financial year.

I know that some financial years will have been 53 weeks long rather then 52 weeks long.

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    Would keeping your P60s be an alternative? – GS - Apologise to Monica Mar 25 at 18:58
  • I've got more years worth of pay slips than P60s (think some of my P60s may have gotten caught up with previous paperwork that I've shredded) – SpacePhoenix Mar 25 at 19:15
  • Why would you want more than 6 years' worth anyway? – Michael Harvey Mar 25 at 20:51
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    Why not shred anything that isn't week 52 or 53? You'll be left with at most 30 to sort through. – thelem Mar 25 at 22:41

Every year has 53 weeks as there are no years with only 364 days (52 * 7)

If you are paid weekly you may have only 52 payslips in a particular year – but as to which years, this depends on which day of the week your payslip is issued.

  • OP is asking about a specific convention in a specific jurisdiction. This answer misunderstands the question. – user662852 Mar 25 at 21:10
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    @user662852 : I don't think it does misunderstand the question. HMRC does have a standard convention for tax weeks and there are always 53 in a tax year. But whether an individual, paid weekly, would actually have received pay in all 53 of those weeks in a given year will depend on whether 5th April (and 4th April in a leap year) happens to fall on the day of the week they get paid or not. – GS - Apologise to Monica Mar 25 at 21:50

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