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National Minimum and Living Wage

Friday, 18 November 2016
The minimum wage changed last month, check that you’re getting and giving the national minimum.

What is the current National Minimum Wage?

The National Minimum Wage in the UK changes every October, and the National Living Wage changes every April. The current Minimum Wage rates (as of October 2016) are as follows:

Apprentice   £3.40
Under 18   £4.00
18-20   £5.55
21-24   £6. 95
25 and over   £7.20

It should also be noted that no other company benefits should be counted towards the Minimum Wage, for example a meal or a company car.


Who is entitled to the Minimum Wage and Living Wage?

Almost all workers are entitled to the National Minimum wage, their pay just depends on their age and whether they are in an apprenticeship. There are however exceptions, for example children younger than school leaving age (usually 16), or higher and further education students on a work placement up to 1 year. For a full list of types of employees who are and are not entitled to the Minimum Wage, click here.
 
Any workers over the age of 25 are entitled to the national living wage and the size of the employer has no effect on Minimum Wage or Living Wage rates, whether they employ 1 person or 100 people. 



If you’re unsure whether you’re receiving the amount you’re entitled to, or you’re an employer that needs to make sure you’re paying the correct wage, then you can check on the National Minimum Wage calculator

Alternatively, check the Gov.UK website for more information about the Minimum and Living Wage.
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