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.


Pay awards overtaken by inflation

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

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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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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Supermarket workers earn most in retail sector

28 Mar 2019

Supermarket workers earn the best rates in the retail sector, according to new analysis from Incomes Data Research.
At a...

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Working when the clocks go forward: how should employers handle losing an hour?

22 Mar 2019

The clocks go forward an hour at 1:00am GMT on Sunday 31 March 2019. But what does this mean for...

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April 2019 employment law changes: Seven things for HR to do

18 Mar 2019

Every April, HR professionals are faced with a raft of amended employment laws and deadlines for their organisation to meet....

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Spring statement: minimum wage review and early apprenticeship reforms

13 Mar 2019

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

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