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.


FTSE 100 CEOs earn average annual wage in just 34 hours

6 Jan 2021

The median FTSE 100 CEO’s earnings will surpass that of the median annual wage for a full-time worker in the...

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HR news you may have missed over Christmas

4 Jan 2021

We bring you up to speed with news that broke over the festive period.

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Employers flouted minimum wage rules to tune of £6.7m

4 Jan 2021

Household names such as Tesco, Pizza Hut and Superdrug are among 139 firms that have breached minimum wage rules, according to the government.

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Boohoo reveals bid to clean up supply chain to MPs

22 Dec 2020

Boohoo's founder tells MPs his fashion has stopped using 64 suppliers in Leicester since allegations over poor pay and conditions were made.

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Ireland: Four changes for HR and payroll teams in 2021

8 Dec 2020

As HR and payroll teams in the Republic of Ireland prepare for the new tax year, Personnel Today looks at...

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Pandemic will push down global wage levels

7 Dec 2020

The Covid-19 crisis will inflict ‘massive downward pressure’ on wage levels globally, according to research from the International Labour Organisation....

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Covid crisis creating ‘permanent damage’ to wages

26 Nov 2020

The average worker’s annual pay packet by the middle of the decade is set to be £1,200 lower than predicted...

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National living wage April 2021: 23-year-olds to receive increase

25 Nov 2020

The age from which workers become eligible for the national living wage will reduce to 23, the government has confirmed...

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Employment law: Seven key tasks for HR in 2021

11 Nov 2020

2020 was the year that HR was required to react to the unexpected, but it’s now time to plan for...

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New ‘real’ Living Wage rates announced for 2020/21

9 Nov 2020

The ‘real’ Living Wage – the voluntary hourly rate of pay recommended by the Living Wage Foundation – has risen...

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ONS: Weekly wages stable, but young staff see pay slashed

4 Nov 2020

The coronavirus pandemic had little effect on most employees’ weekly pay in April thanks to the furlough scheme, but younger...

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Most firms support tighter employment laws, poll finds

27 Oct 2020

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

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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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