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Mar

National Minimum Wage Rates Are Changing

The Government’s National Minimum Wage campaign aims to make sure the UK’s lowest paid workers receive the correct rates of pay when the National Minimum and Living Wage increase on 1 April 2018. Employers need to ensure they are paying their staff correctly.

It is against the law for employers not to pay the correct National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage rate. If you discover you have been paying your workers below the correct minimum wage, you must pay any arrears immediately. You can contact the Acas Helpline for advice and support to make sure you pay your employees correctly.

Apprentices are entitled to the apprentice rate if they’re either aged under 19, or aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship. An apprentice aged 22 in the first year of their apprenticeship is entitled to a minimum hourly rate of £3.70.

Apprentices are entitled to the minimum wage for their age if they are both aged 19 or over, or have completed the first year of their apprenticeship. An apprentice aged 22 who has completed the first year of their apprenticeship is entitled to a minimum hourly rate of £7.38.

The Check You Pay Campaign website has more information.

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