National Minimum Wage

Well the year has been rushing by and we are heading quickly towards the 1st October when the National Minimum Wage increases again.

Key Points
• Most workers will be entitled to the National Minimum Wage.
• Normally the National Minimum Wage rate changes in October each year.
• There are no exemptions according to the size of business.
• HM Revenue & Customs can take employers to court for not paying the National Minimum Wage.

Most workers in the UK over school leaving age are entitled to be paid at least the National Minimum Wage. The National Minimum Wage rates are reviewed each year by the Low Pay commission.

National Minimum Wage rates from 1 October 2016

£7.20 for workers 25 and over
£6.95 for workers aged 21 to 24
£5.55 18 – 20 yrs
£4.00 for under 18
£3.40 for apprentices

It is important to note that these rates, which come into force 1 October 2016, apply to pay reference periods beginning on or after that date.

There are a number of people who will not be entitled to the National Minimum Wage and these include:

• self-employed people
• volunteers
• voluntary workers
• company directors

All other workers including pieceworkers, home workers, agency workers, commission workers, part-time workers and casual workers must receive at least the National Minimum Wage. There are no exemptions according to size of business or by sector, job or region.

If you have any queries regarding the above information, please do get in touch. 01603 559201 or We would be pleased to hear from you.

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