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.


Reward and recognition? The future of pay after coronavirus

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

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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TUC calls for ‘National Recovery Council’ to protect jobs and pay

20 May 2020

The TUC has called for the government to form a National Recovery Council to help the economy heal from the...

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Are cleaning services ready for the frontline?

15 May 2020

Cleaning services have moved into the spotlight as the return to the workplace accelerates. But from low wages and insecure...

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Low Pay Commission: ‘Improve awareness of how apprentices should be paid’

7 May 2020

Confusion over rates of pay has led to many apprentices not receiving the pay they are entitled to.

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Hospitality sector reacts to new ‘tronc’ system furlough guidance

24 Apr 2020

Hospitality workers set to lose out as 'tronc' system excluded from furlough calculations.

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April 2020 employment law changes: eight tasks for HR

6 Apr 2020

Each April, HR professionals must ensure that their organisation complies with the latest round of amended employment laws and deadlines....

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‘Emergency brake’ on minimum wage rises may be needed

1 Apr 2020

As the national living wage rate increases by more than 6%, the economic uncertainty posed by the coronavirus means the...

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Delay increase to national living wage, says IFS

26 Mar 2020

The government should delay next month’s rise in the national living wage in order to protect jobs in the midst...

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HMRC successfully appeals tribunal ruling on national minimum wage

23 Mar 2020

Employment appeal tribunal rules against Middlesbrough over pay deductions.

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Budget 2020: National living wage to hit 66% median earnings by 2024

11 Mar 2020

The Low Pay Commission has been tasked ensuring that the national living wage reaches two-thirds of median earnings by 2024....

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Minimum wage underpayment arrears jump 50%

20 Feb 2020

HM Revenue & Customs’ policing of the national living wage and national minimum wage has identified a record amount of...

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Supreme Court hears minimum wage ‘sleep-in’ cases

12 Feb 2020

In a landmark case for the care sector, the Supreme Court today hears two cases on the national minimum wage...

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‘Perverse’ minimum wage enforcement replaced by ‘proportionate’ approach

11 Feb 2020

The government has abandoned its previously “pedantic” regime.

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