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.


Six employment law cases that will shape 2020

We look at six important employment law cases that will get the headlines in 2020, covering significant issues such as...

2020 employment law: Eight action points for HR

8 Jan 2020

The new year begins with a new government, the prospect of Brexit and a number of employment law developments already...

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Tougher deterrents needed to end minimum wage underpayment

8 Jan 2020

Sanctions for failing to pay staff the national minimum wage are not tough enough and there needs to be a...

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Top 10 HR questions December 2019: Sickness absence and unused annual leave

3 Jan 2020

How much control can employers have over the timing of employees’ annual leave?
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Employers cautious over steep 2020 minimum wage rises

2 Jan 2020

From the start of April low paid workers will benefit from a rise in the minimum wage that is four times the rate of inflation, in what the prime minister has called the “the biggest ever cash boost” to the legal pay floor.

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Pay award levels increase to 2.8% in autumn months

21 Nov 2019

The average pay rise awarded to employees increased slightly in the three months to the end of October, according to...

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Minimum wage pledges will benefit the wrong people

15 Nov 2019

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

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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 national minimum wage 2020 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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