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From the start of this month the National Minimum Wage and the National Living Wage have increased. So if you have staff who are paid the minimum, make sure you update their rates accordingly.

What is The National Minimum Wage?

Minimum pay that all workers, regardless of age, are entitled to is set by law and increased regularly. The National Living Wage applies to workers aged 25 years or over and is higher than National Minimum Wage rates, which apply to those under 25 and apprentices. It doesn’t matter what size of company you run, or how many people you employ, you are always required to pay the correct minimum wage. We’ve listed the rates below to help you.

Increases to Minimum Wage Rates in 2017

The National Living Wage for those aged 25 and over went up from £7.20 per hour to £7.50 per hour. There have also been increases at the same time to the National Minimum Wage payable to those under 25 and apprentices. These are minimum requirements of pay and are assessed by looking at a worker’s average salary across all their hours of work, even if you pay different rates for different work, such as travelling time.

New rates of pay from 1st April 2017:

  • £7.50 per hour – 25 yrs old and over
  • £7.05 per hour – 21-24 yrs old
  • £5.60 per hour – 18-20 yrs old
  • £4.05 per hour – 16-17 yrs old
  • £3.50 for apprentices under 19 or 19 or over who are in the first year of apprenticeship.

Is anyone exempt from The National Minimum Wage?

Most workers are entitled to at least the National Minimum Wage including home-workers, agency workers, people who work on commission, part-time workers and casual workers. The only exempt groups are as follows:

  • Self-employed workers
  • Voluntary workers
  • Company directors
  • Family members or family household members who undertake household tasks.

In most cases the National Minimum Wage requirements are fairly straightforward. But, if you are at all unsure about what rates of pay to allocate to staff we recommend seeking professional help, and checking the Gov.Uk website. Our qualified staff are always on hand to help, give us a call on 0333 444 0165 or email help@citrushr.com

 

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