National Minimum Wage
Key points to consider:
- The majority of workers will be entitled to the National Minimum Wage
- Applies to any size of business without exception
- The rate normally changes every October
- If an employer pays less than the National Minimum Wage they can be taken to court
The majority of employees in the UK that are over the school leaving age are entitled to receive the National Minimum Wage. The rates are reviewed every October:
National Minimum Wage from 01 October 2014
- £7.20 for workers over the age of 21
- £2.73 applicable to apprentices under 19 or over 19 in their initial year of apprentiship
- £5.13 1 8 – 20 yrs
- £3.79 for 16-17 yrs, who are under 18 but over the school leavers age
Most workers in the UK over school leaving age are entitled to be paid at least the NMW. The NMW rates are reviewed each year by the Low Pay commission.
There are a number of people who will not be entitled to the NMW these include:
- Self-employed people
- Company directors.
- Voluntary workers
All other workers including pieceworkers, home workers, agency workers, commission workers, part-time workers and casual workers must receive at least the NMW. There are no exemptions according to size of business or by sector, job or region.