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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Sharp fall in job vacancies as restaurant sector suffers decline

A downturn in the restaurant sector has led to a decline in job vacancies of 11% over the past six...

More than 200,000 workers to get back pay after NMW investigations

10 May 2018

HM Revenue and Customs has secured back pay for more than 200,000 workers who did not receive the minimum wage,...

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MPs seek ban on unpaid trial shifts

16 Mar 2018

A group of MPs have called for unpaid trial shifts to be banned in a private members bill that is...

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Wagamama and Marriott Hotels failed to pay national minimum wage

9 Mar 2018

Wagamama, Marriott Hotels and TGI Fridays are among almost 180 employers that have been named by the Government for failing...

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Tribunal claims up 90% since fees abolished

8 Mar 2018

The Ministry of Justice has released its latest round of data on tribunals – the first full quarter since fees...

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Amazon drivers’ false self-employment dispute settled

16 Jan 2018

A courier company that delivers parcels for Amazon has settled a dispute with drivers that the GMB union claimed were...

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Rising national living wage puts routine jobs at risk of automation

4 Jan 2018

The rising national living wage could leave some routine jobs at risk of automation, according to a report by the...

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What you might have missed: Christmas and New Year round-up

2 Jan 2018

The first day back at work for many is an inevitable struggle after a much-deserved break over Christmas. But what...

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Five employment law developments to watch out for in 2018

22 Dec 2017

2018 sees a number of significant domestic employment law developments, including the response to the Taylor report, delayed as the...

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Primark and Sports Direct top minimum wage underpayment ranking

8 Dec 2017

Budget fashion retailers Primark and Sports Direct have topped the latest list of employers to be named and shamed by...

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Budget 2017: National living wage rise confirmed at £7.83

22 Nov 2017

There were few surprises for employers in today’s budget, the first delivered since the snap general election in June.
Chancellor...

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TUC calls for overhaul of minimum wage rates

8 Nov 2017

The TUC is calling on the Government to raise the national living wage to £10 “as quickly as possible” and...

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Living Wage increases to £8.75 per hour

6 Nov 2017

Living Wage employers will pay their staff at least £8.75 per hour across the UK and £10.20 in London, it...

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Sleep-in payback scheme described as “suicide note” for social care employers

2 Nov 2017

A government scheme designed to help social care providers comply with minimum wage legislation has been described as a “suicide...

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Working when the clocks go back: how should employers handle extra hour?

23 Oct 2017

The clocks go back an hour at 2am on Sunday 29 October 2017. But what does this mean for staff...

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