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.


TUC to push for rise in adult minimum wage

11 Nov 2004

In its annual submission to the Low Pay Commission (LPC), the TUC will today recommend an increase in the adult...

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TUC to push for rise in adult minimum wage

11 Nov 2004

In its annual submission to the Low Pay Commission (LPC), the TUC will today recommend an increase in the adult...

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FSB calls for regional minimum wage

4 Nov 2004

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has called for a regional minimum wage after new research showed large variations in...

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TUC calls for 50p rise in minimum wage

29 Oct 2004

The minimum wage should rise by 50p an hour from 2005 with a bigger increase the following year, the TUC...

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More than 200,000 jobs paid less than minimum wage this spring

29 Oct 2004

The number of jobs paid below the national minimum wage in the UK was 272,000 in spring 2004, amounting to...

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Union calls for across-the-board minimum wage

27 Oct 2004

Workers should be paid at least £5.35 per hour, according to trade union Usdaw.Usdaw has submitted evidence to the Low...

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Retailers claim higher minimum wage will lead to job cuts

25 Oct 2004

UK retailers today warn that another rise in the National Minimum Wage (NMW) could lead to more than 20,000 jobs...

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International news in brief

19 Oct 2004

UK nears top of European part-time employment list
The UK’s strong employment performance, particularly in the availability of part-time jobs,...

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Taking CSR to the cleaners

3 Feb 2004

Corporate social responsibility will never make up for the inadequacy of the minimum wage in the capital

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