Minimum wage

Employers must pay workers the national minimum wage. The rates, which increase on 1 October each year, are divided into the main adult rate (workers aged 21 and over), the development rate (workers aged 18-20 inclusive) and the youth rate (workers aged 16 and 17). There is also an apprentice rate.

An additional rate for workers aged 25 and over, which is being called the “national living wage”, is being introduced from 1 April 2016.


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A quarter of workers are stuck with low pay, says Social Mobility Commission

A quarter of low paid workers in the UK are stuck in poorly paid jobs, according to the Social Mobility...

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Make big brands liable for supply chain non-compliance – Matthew Taylor

12 Oct 2017

Major companies should be jointly liable for non-compliance with employment...

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Under-25s earn less for doing the same work, argues charity

11 Oct 2017

Workers aged under 25 are missing out on up to nearly £6,300 per year because they’re not entitled to the...

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Addison Lee drivers are workers, tribunal rules

25 Sep 2017

An employment tribunal has ruled that a group of Addison Lee drivers were workers and therefore entitled to rights such...

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National minimum wage: Avoid the pitfalls of pay averaging

21 Aug 2017

Earlier this year it was reported that John Lewis set aside £36 million to compensate for a potential national minimum...

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Argos tops HMRC’s latest list of national minimum wage offenders

17 Aug 2017

HMRC has published its latest list of employers that have failed to comply with national minimum wage laws, with a...

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Good work or bad? Reaction to the Taylor Review

11 Jul 2017

Any much-anticipated report is likely to divide opinion, and the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices is no different. Rob...

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The Taylor Review: what employers need to know

11 Jul 2017

The long-awaited Taylor Review of modern employment practices emerged today, introduced at a press conference hosted by Prime Minister Theresa...

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Dependent contractor status proposed in Taylor review

10 Jul 2017

An alternative worker status – dependent contractor – will be proposed by the Taylor review tomorrow alongside calls for new...

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Pay self-employed workers the national minimum wage, says thinktank

4 Jul 2017

Certain self-employed workers should be paid the minimum wage, according to recommendations by the Resolution Foundation.
The thinktank has submitted...

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National minimum wage – don’t be that employer

23 Jun 2017

Even though the national minimum wage has been with us for over 18 years, and there has been a government...

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Matthew Taylor review: expect a right to request fixed hours

23 May 2017

Workers on zero hours contracts could be given the right to request a move to a fixed number of hours....

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Tory manifesto: National retraining, NI holidays and more gap reporting

18 May 2017

Theresa May launched the Conservative Party’s 2017 election manifesto today, and for HR and employers there are no big surprises....

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Liberal Democrat manifesto: guarantees for EU workers and stricter corporate governance

17 May 2017

The Liberal Democrat Party’s official manifesto has been released today and includes a raft of proposals around employment rights, equality...

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Labour manifesto 2017: what employers need to know

17 May 2017

The Labour Party’s official manifesto has been released today and includes some of the most radical changes to employment legislation...

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