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.


Single labour market body to enforce minimum wage and holiday rights

The government has announced proposals for a single labour market enforcement body which will have powers to enforce minimum wage...

Top 10 HR questions June 2019: Ex-employee grievances

2 Jul 2019

Can an employer ignore a grievance if the employee no longer works for the organisation?
The most popular FAQ on...

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Staffline shares slump following six-year minimum wage underpayment

18 Jun 2019

Staffline, one of the biggest recruitment and training agencies in the UK, has seen its shares tumble after PwC delayed...

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Proportion of workers in low-paid roles at a 40-year low

30 May 2019

The government is on track to eliminate low pay by the middle of the next decade, analysis has found.

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Pay awards overtaken by inflation

23 May 2019

The recent jump in the retail prices index (RPI) to 3% means that pay awards are falling slightly behind inflation,...

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Labour pledges £10 an hour minimum for all ages

13 May 2019

Labour will scrap the “youth rate” minimum wage and ensure staff of all ages are paid at least £10 an...

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work travel minimum wage

Four in 10 staff unaware of paid travel time entitlement

8 May 2019

Four in 10 workers wrongly believe they are not entitled to a minimum wage for the time they spend travelling...

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Chancellor considers world’s highest minimum wage

7 May 2019

The Chancellor is considering introducing what would become the world’s highest minimum wage in a bid to end low pay...

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Addison Lee drivers strike over ‘below minimum wage’ pay

1 May 2019

The first ever strike involving Addison Lee drivers takes place today (1 May), when drivers operating from Luton Airport take...

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Almost half a million staff paid below the legal minimum

26 Apr 2019

Almost half a million people were paid less than the hourly minimum wage they were entitled to in 2017/18, according...

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Directors held personally liable for exploitative treatment of farm workers

24 Apr 2019

Two company directors have been held personally liable for breaching employment contracts in a series of damning claims made by...

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Caravan park staff not entitled to NMW for night call outs

18 Apr 2019

Workers who were on call during the evening were conducting “time work” and should have received an hourly rate under...

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A Great British success story: the national minimum wage

1 Apr 2019

Last October, chancellor Philip Hammond, trumpeting the end of austerity in his Budget address, told MPs that the national living...

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National minimum wage: What are employers getting wrong?

1 Apr 2019

Two decades after its introduction, many employers are still getting caught out by the rules surrounding the national minimum wage....

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Workers between 21 and 24 missing out on £200m a year

1 Apr 2019

As the national minimum wage celebrates its 20th anniversary, the TUC has claimed that young workers could be missing out...

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