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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13 Mar 2019

All the employment highlights from the Chancellor's spring statement...

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New EU employment law to be reviewed by Parliament post-Brexit

6 Mar 2019

Theresa May will today unveil how the UK government will handle emerging EU laws concerning workers’ rights after Brexit.
The...

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National living wage to increase nearly 5% from April 2019

20 Feb 2019

The national living wage, the statutory national minimum wage for those aged 25 and over, will increase 4.9% from 1...

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Retailers call for a halt to ‘unreasonable’ HMRC minimum wage enforcement

18 Feb 2019

HMRC should end investigations of 'reasonable pay practices' according to the British Retail Consortium.

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Supreme Court sleep-in appeal plunges care sector into uncertainty

14 Feb 2019

The Supreme Court has granted permission for an appeal in the legal case considering whether or not care workers who...

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Could Hermes’ self-employed-plus status revolutionise the gig economy?

7 Feb 2019

The creation of a new worker status by courier company Hermes could prove a significant step in the evolution of gig economy workers' rights, argues Mike Hibbs from law firm Shakespeare Martineau.

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HMRC shown red card as football club wins minimum wage case

7 Feb 2019

An employment appeal tribunal has found that Middlesbrough FC did not breach minimum wage legislation after deducting the costs of...

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Impact of UK minimum wage rises on automation ‘modest’

1 Feb 2019

Minimum wage rises may lead to job losses as employers turn to automation to keep costs down. But so far...

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Six employment law decisions that will shape 2019

11 Jan 2019

Which employment law decisions will shape 2019? We outline six of the most significant cases in the pipeline – from...

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The 10 most important employment law cases in 2018

11 Jan 2019

As always, HR professionals had their fair share of employment law cases to keep track of in 2018, but what...

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In-work poverty and the role of HR

7 Jan 2019

Many UK workers are falling below the poverty line and Brexit uncertainty may be making matters worse. Steve Herbert believes...

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Minister may act over retailers’ minimum wage woes

4 Jan 2019

The business secretary is considering reforming national minimum wage rules to ensure employers are not penalised by the “complex” system,...

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Iceland to fight HMRC over £21m minimum wage ‘breach’

3 Jan 2019

Iceland Foods says it could take HM Revenue & Customs to court over a minimum wage dispute concerning a Christmas...

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2019 employment law: eight changes to look out for

21 Dec 2018

Although Brexit dominates the news, there will be a number of important employment law developments in 2019. Clio Springer sets...

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