National Minimum Wage
All workers aged over the compulsory school leaving age (16 years old) must be paid the National Minimum Wage (NMW) at the appropriate rate.
There are different rates of the NMW for adult workers (aged 21 and over), workers aged 18-20, young workers (16-17), and apprentices under 19, or over 19 and in the first year of their apprenticeship.
Complex rules govern how the NMW is calculated, particularly for piece workers who are paid according to what they produce rather than by the hour.
From 1st April 2016, the National Living Wage has been introduced for workers aged 25 and older. The NMW will still apply for workers aged 24 and under.
Current NMW Rates
The current rates of the NMW are available on gov.uk here:
There is guidance for employers on calculating the NMW on gov.uk here:
Guidance For Workers
There is a calculator for workers to find out if they are being paid the NMW on the gov.uk website:
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Last Updated on March 2, 2021 by Admin