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.


Most firms support tighter employment laws, poll finds

Almost two-thirds (64%) of businesses would support tightening employment laws to prevent worker exploitation.
This is according to a poll...

Garment workers ‘robbed’ of £27m in wages since July

12 Oct 2020

The government has been accused of inaction over alleged worker exploitation in textile factories that supply major clothing brands, with...

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‘Maximum wage’ would fund pay rise for low earners

8 Oct 2020

More than half of the public (54%) would support the introduction of a ‘maximum wage’ in order to tackle excessive...

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CBI highlights two-speed economic recovery

18 Sep 2020

Business body's annual survey reveals companies' views of recruitment, pay freezes and National Living Wage as coronavirus crisis continues.

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National living wage could be frozen next year

7 Sep 2020

National living wage rise considered unaffordable by the government, which may abandon pledge for NLW to reach 60% of median earnings.

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TUC offers plan to avoid winter of redundancies

4 Sep 2020

TUC's job protection and skills plan urges the government to prepare for the jobs of the future, ensure younger workers gain new skills and establish a fairer labour market.

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London top for wealth and productivity but wage gap narrows

3 Aug 2020

Productivity and earnings are at least a third higher in some areas of London than the UK average, although the gap in earnings and wage growth is narrowing.

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Licensing could prevent fashion worker exploitation, ministers told

20 Jul 2020

Retailers, MPs, charities and campaign groups have urged the home secretary to take action on alleged worker exploitation in UK garment factories.

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Poor working conditions ‘afflict 10,000 people in Leicester’

13 Jul 2020

Illegally low pay and dilapidated conditions blight thousands of workers in Leicester, it is alleged.

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Matthew Taylor: Covid-19 increases temptation of non-compliance

9 Jul 2020

The coronavirus pandemic will make more people in urgent need of work and more employers desperate to stay in business,...

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Boohoo to investigate ‘unsafe’ conditions at Leicester factory

8 Jul 2020

Low-cost fashion retailer Boohoo has promised to investigate workers’ pay and conditions at a Leicester factory.

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Chancellor to announce kickstart scheme for jobs

8 Jul 2020

The chancellor is due to announce a £2bn “kickstart jobs scheme” today in the hope it will stem youth unemployment...

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Reward and recognition? The future of pay after coronavirus

12 Jun 2020

We want to give key workers a pay rise, while an unprecedented quarter of the UK workforce has had the...

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Establish ‘wage boards’ to address low-paid workers’ earnings

4 Jun 2020

The government should introduce a ‘new settlement’ for low paid workers, giving them more control over the hours they work...

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From ‘forgotten’ to ‘key’ workers: protecting the precariously employed

29 May 2020

While the Covid-19 crisis is a worrying and uncertain time for all of us, it brings into sharp focus some...

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