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.

Just Eat serves up ‘agency worker’ model in Liverpool

Just Eat is pressing ahead with plans to end the company’s reliance on gig workers by offering couriers the opportunity to join its ‘agency worker’ model.

Mencap and Unison urge rethink of sleep-shift pay

20 Apr 2021

Mencap and Unison have written a joint letter to the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, urging the government to rethink...

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April 2021 employment law changes: five things for HR to do

6 Apr 2021

An annual update on the changes to employment law that are happening in April 2021 – IR35, national living wage, statutory pay rates...

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Care workers who ‘sleep-in’ not entitled to national minimum wage

19 Mar 2021

The Supreme Court has handed down its landmark judgment for two cases related to national minimum wage regulations.

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Uber agrees to give drivers minimum wage and employment rights

17 Mar 2021

Following the Supreme Court ruling that its drivers are workers, Uber is giving its UK drivers a guaranteed minimum wage, holiday pay and pensions.

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Judgment in ‘sleep-in’ wages case expected Friday

16 Mar 2021

The Supreme Court will on Friday hand down its decision as to whether workers who ‘sleep in’ as part of their shift are entitled to the national minimum wage for the duration of their shift.

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National living wage: the workers getting a 9% pay rise on 1 April

9 Mar 2021

From 1 April 2021 thousands of low paid workers will receive a pay rise of almost 9%.

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MPs ask Boohoo for evidence of progress on workers’ rights

5 Mar 2021

MPs want Boohoo to link its bonus scheme for senior executives to achievement of its pledges on workers’ rights.

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Labour calls for ‘smarter’ furlough for as long as needed

5 Feb 2021

Furlough should not be time-limited and should remain in place as long as Covid-19 restrictions on business are needed, Labour has said.

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Kwasi Kwarteng: workers’ rights review will not go ahead

28 Jan 2021

Business secretary says review of workers' rights has been scrapped; Matthew Taylor sounds alarm about future of labour market enforcement role.

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Pay issues, harassment and safety risks blight cleaning sector

19 Jan 2021

Issues with pay, dangerous working conditions and sexual harassment are ‘endemic’ in the cleaning sector, and organisations – especially client...

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Five employment law cases that will shape 2021

13 Jan 2021

Stephen Simpson looks at five important employment law cases that will grab the headlines in 2021, covering significant issues such...

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Morrisons £10 an hour pay deal is first for UK supermarket

13 Jan 2021

Supermarket chain Morrisons has promised to pay staff a minimum of £10 an hour in a new pay deal that...

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Part-time, low-paid and ethnic minority workers facing poverty

13 Jan 2021

Part-time, low-paid and ethnic minority workers are among those struggling most to stay afloat during the current economic crisis, but...

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FTSE 100 CEOs earn average annual wage in just 34 hours

6 Jan 2021

The median FTSE 100 CEO’s earnings will surpass that of the median annual wage for a full-time worker in the...

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