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.


Low-income families’ earnings do not cover basic needs

Families with two parents working full time at the national living wage are 11% (£49 per week) short of the...

Sleepover exemption: At which point do sleep-in shifts stop counting as work?

25 Jul 2018

XpertHR consultant editor Darren Newman looks at a recent case in which the Court of Appeal ruled that a care...

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Minimum wage underpayment allegations more than doubled last year

16 Jul 2018

HMRC received more than 6,000 whistleblower reports about alleged underpayment of the national minimum wage last year – more than...

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Care workers not entitled to minimum wage when sleeping

13 Jul 2018

Care workers who sleep overnight at a client’s home are not entitled to the national minimum wage while they are...

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Card Factory among minimum wage underpayment employers

6 Jul 2018

Card Factory, Odeon & UCI Cinema Group and Wyevale Garden Centres have been named among 239 employers found to have...

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MP to challenge ‘ageist’ national living wage in Commons

5 Jul 2018

A Labour MP is urging the government to end the exclusion of under 25s from the national living wage after...

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Deliveroo riders win six-figure settlement over pay and rights

29 Jun 2018

Fifty Deliveroo riders are to receive a share in a six-figure settlement after they claimed they had been unlawfully denied...

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National living wage rises will hit head office, not shop floor

27 Jun 2018

Rises in the national living wage will cause job losses at retail head offices, rather than in customer-facing roles, a...

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Hermes drivers ruled as workers, not self-employed

25 Jun 2018

An employment tribunal has ruled that a group of Hermes couriers are workers, rather than self-employed.

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Pay awards fail to rise above inflation

21 Jun 2018

The median pay rise awarded by employers was 2.5% over the past three months – a level that has remained...

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Amazon delivery firms in employment status fight

4 Jun 2018

The GMB has announced that it will take legal action against three Amazon delivery companies over their classification of drivers...

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EU workers posted abroad to be entitled to local pay rates

30 May 2018

Workers posted to another EU country will be entitled to the same rate of pay and working conditions as their...

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Carphone Warehouse closes stores as Pret staff get £1000 bonus

30 May 2018

Carphone Warehouse is to close 92 stores after the retailer became the latest to issue a profit warning, amid continuing...

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MPs press for action over Sainsbury’s pay and contract review

22 May 2018

Prime Minister Theresa May has been urged to take action over an “array of deplorable decisions” that MPs say will...

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Sharp fall in job vacancies as restaurant sector suffers decline

21 May 2018

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

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