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.


Minimum wage pledges will benefit the wrong people

Increases in the national minimum wage pledged in the general election could be a “gamble” and will inadvertently benefit middle-...

Living Wage increases to benefit 210,000 workers

11 Nov 2019

The Living Wage has announced its new rates with the headline figure for outside London rising to £9.30, an increase of 3.33%...

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Younger workers: the political battle ahead on the minimum wage

6 Nov 2019

As younger workers' minimum wage rates look likely to increase, Johnny Runge examines the reality of how employers pay, for example, a 25-year-old versus a 24-year-old.

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Minimum wage rises will ‘not end low pay alone’

4 Nov 2019

Increases to national minimum wage rates should not be expected to “end” low pay and will need to be supported...

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General election halts minimum wage announcement

31 Oct 2019

The timing of the general election may present real problems for employers with a 1 January pay review date.
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Bolt drivers urge better pay and recognition of workers’ rights

30 Oct 2019

Drivers for the minicab app Bolt have staged a protest against what they describe as “unfair” dismissals and its alleged...

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

25 Oct 2019

The clocks go back an hour at 2:00am on Sunday 27 October 2019. But what does this mean for night workers?

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Workers’ rights ‘watered down’ in Johnson’s Brexit deal

18 Oct 2019

The issue of what happens to workers’ rights has become a central plank in the Brexit debate as MPs prepare...

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Conservatives pledge £10.50 national living wage from age 21

30 Sep 2019

Sajid Javid has pledged to increase the national living wage to £10.50 an hour and lower the age at which...

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

16 Sep 2019

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

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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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