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.


Young and old most likely to miss out on paid holiday and payslips

The youngest and oldest staff working in atypical ways, such as temporary work, are the most at risk of missing...

Labour would create ‘Ministry of Employment Rights’

10 Sep 2019

A future Labour government would create a ministry of employment rights and a workers’ protection agency, Jeremy Corbyn has announced....

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Improve collective bargaining or face Victorian conditions: TUC

5 Sep 2019

UK workers risk being subjected to 19th-century working conditions if the balance of power is not reset between employers and their staff.

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Give workers more holiday to stimulate economic growth, report urges

12 Aug 2019

Increasing minimum holiday entitlement and wages would help solve the UK’s productivity crisis and stimulate economic growth, a think tank...

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Football clubs under fire over staff’s low pay

9 Aug 2019

Premier League clubs have been slow to seek Living Wage Foundation accreditation.

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Businesses may need to compensate workers facing cancelled shifts

19 Jul 2019

The government has announced new proposals of compensation for workers when their shift is cancelled at short notice

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Single labour market body to enforce minimum wage and holiday rights

16 Jul 2019

The government has announced proposals for a single labour market enforcement body which will have powers to enforce minimum wage...

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Top 10 HR questions June 2019: Ex-employee grievances

2 Jul 2019

Can an employer ignore a grievance if the employee no longer works for the organisation?
The most popular FAQ on...

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Staffline shares slump following six-year minimum wage underpayment

18 Jun 2019

Staffline, one of the biggest recruitment and training agencies in the UK, has seen its shares tumble after PwC delayed...

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Proportion of workers in low-paid roles at a 40-year low

30 May 2019

The government is on track to eliminate low pay by the middle of the next decade, analysis has found.

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Pay awards overtaken by inflation

23 May 2019

The recent jump in the retail prices index (RPI) to 3% means that pay awards are falling slightly behind inflation,...

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Labour pledges £10 an hour minimum for all ages

13 May 2019

Labour will scrap the “youth rate” minimum wage and ensure staff of all ages are paid at least £10 an...

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Four in 10 staff unaware of paid travel time entitlement

8 May 2019

Four in 10 workers wrongly believe they are not entitled to a minimum wage for the time they spend travelling...

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Chancellor considers world’s highest minimum wage

7 May 2019

The Chancellor is considering introducing what would become the world’s highest minimum wage in a bid to end low pay...

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Addison Lee drivers strike over ‘below minimum wage’ pay

1 May 2019

The first ever strike involving Addison Lee drivers takes place today (1 May), when drivers operating from Luton Airport take...

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