Minimum wage

Employers must pay workers the national minimum wage. The rates, which increase on 1 April 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, the national living wage, was introduced in April 2016.


April 2020 employment law changes: eight tasks for HR

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‘Emergency brake’ on minimum wage rises may be needed

1 Apr 2020

As the national living wage rate increases by more than 6%, the economic uncertainty posed by the coronavirus means the...

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Delay increase to national living wage, says IFS

26 Mar 2020

The government should delay next month’s rise in the national living wage in order to protect jobs in the midst...

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HMRC successfully appeals tribunal ruling on national minimum wage

23 Mar 2020

Employment appeal tribunal rules against Middlesbrough over pay deductions.

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Budget 2020: National living wage to hit 66% median earnings by 2024

11 Mar 2020

The Low Pay Commission has been tasked ensuring that the national living wage reaches two-thirds of median earnings by 2024....

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Minimum wage underpayment arrears jump 50%

20 Feb 2020

HM Revenue & Customs’ policing of the national living wage and national minimum wage has identified a record amount of...

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Supreme Court hears minimum wage ‘sleep-in’ cases

12 Feb 2020

In a landmark case for the care sector, the Supreme Court today hears two cases on the national minimum wage...

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‘Perverse’ minimum wage enforcement replaced by ‘proportionate’ approach

11 Feb 2020

The government has abandoned its previously “pedantic” regime.

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Key London NHS trust to directly employ 1,000 services workers

31 Jan 2020

NHS trust moves to 'insource' 1,000 cleaners, porters and catering staff previously on minimum wage.

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Gig economy ‘like quicksand’ and workers unable to develop skills

29 Jan 2020

Gig workers are often “trapped” in insecure work because long hours, financial insecurity and piecemeal work mean they are often...

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Six employment law cases that will shape 2020

14 Jan 2020

We look at six important employment law cases that will get the headlines in 2020, covering significant issues such as...

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2020 employment law: Eight action points for HR

8 Jan 2020

The new year begins with a new government, the prospect of Brexit and a number of employment law developments already...

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Tougher deterrents needed to end minimum wage underpayment

8 Jan 2020

Sanctions for failing to pay staff the national minimum wage are not tough enough and there needs to be a...

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Top 10 HR questions December 2019: Sickness absence and unused annual leave

3 Jan 2020

How much control can employers have over the timing of employees’ annual leave?
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Employers cautious over steep 2020 minimum wage rises

2 Jan 2020

From the start of April low paid workers will benefit from a rise in the minimum wage that is four times the rate of inflation, in what the prime minister has called the “the biggest ever cash boost” to the legal pay floor.

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