National Minimum Wage Changes

As you may already know, the national minimum wages will increase on 1st April 2018, this includes the Apprenticeship Minimum Wage. Please see below for details.

The rates for the National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage from 1st April 2018 are:

  • 7.83 per hour for workers aged 25 years and older
  • 7.38 per hour for workers aged 21-24 years inclusive,
  • 5.90 per hour for workers aged 18-20 years inclusive,
  • 4.20 per hour for 16 and 17 year olds,
  • 3.70 per hour for apprentices aged under 19, or aged 19 and over but in the first year of their apprenticeship.

Employer’s responsibilities:

  • You are required by law to ensure that your workers are paid at least the minimum wage.
  • You need to keep records sufficient to prove that you are paying the minimum wage to your workers (i.e. payslips showing hours worked and rate, or detailed workings if payslips show a rate per week / month).
  • If you fail to pay the minimum wage you can be required to pay arrears through the issuing of an enforcement notice.
  • It is a criminal offence to refuse to pay the minimum wage, to obstruct compliance officers or not to keep proper records. Fines for these offences can be up to 20,000.

Please can you ensure that any Apprentices employed by your business are receiving at least the new minimum wage. If you would like more information on the National Minimum Wage please visit the Government website.

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