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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‘Real’ Living Wage increases by 2.9% outside London

5 Nov 2018

The “real” Living Wage, the rate of pay set by the Living Wage Foundation, has increased 25 pence to £9...

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National living wage to increase nearly 5% from April 2019

29 Oct 2018

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

26 Oct 2018

The clocks go back an hour at 2:00am on Sunday 28 October 2018. But what does this mean for night workers?

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The case for an independent labour standards agency

12 Oct 2018

Consultant editor Darren Newman considers the current system of labour standards enforcement and suggests that the Government could play a...

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Union urges Uber users not to cross ‘digital picket line’

9 Oct 2018

The IWGB union has a called a 24-hour strike against Uber and is urging the public not use the taxi-hailing...

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Nearly half of zero-hours workers want regular shifts

5 Oct 2018

Almost half of people on zero-hours contracts want to work more hours and in a more regular shift pattern, but...

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Plans to ban employers from taking staff tips announced

1 Oct 2018

New legislation to ensure that tips go to workers and not to their employers will be introduced in a crackdown...

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TUC study highlights low earnings and slams ‘sham’ self-employment

28 Sep 2018

Almost half of self-employed people aged over 25 are earning less than the minimum wage, according to new research.
The...

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Record number of workers on national minimum wage being underpaid

24 Sep 2018

HM Revenue and Customs identified a record £15.6m in national minimum wage underpayment in 2017/18.
More than 200,000 workers were...

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Low-income families’ earnings do not cover basic needs

20 Aug 2018

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

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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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