National Minimum Wage rises by 30p an hour

UK employers now have to pay full-time staff aged 25 and over a minimum of £7.50 an hour. Read-on for a full breakdown of the new rates...

Employers take note: The National Minimum Wage has risen by 30p to £7.50 an hour for full-time employees aged 25 and over.

Effective as of April 1, employees will also see a rise in National Minimum Wage for full-time employees aged 21 to 24 to £7.05 an hour – the second increase in six months.

If you employ staff then you have a duty to be aware of and comply with the different legal National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates.

For more information on the National Minimum Wage click here or, for a full breakdown of the new rates, see below:

From 1 April 2017 the rates for:

  • Workers aged 25 years and over will be £7.50 per hour
  • 21 to 24 year olds will be £7.05 per hour
  • 18 to 20 year olds will be £5.60 per hour
  • 16 to 17 year olds will be £4.05 per hour
  • Apprentices will be £3.50 per hour

Margot James, business minister, commented:

“The government is committed to creating an economy that works for everyone and today’s rate rises are great news for some of the UK’s lowest paid workers. More than two million workers will receive an above inflation step up in pay, with some set for a £600-a-year pay rise.”

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