New National Minimum Wage rates come into effect

The new rates for the National Minimum Wage (NMW) came into effect on 1 October.

The new rates are:

  • £6.95 per hour – 21-24 years old
  • £5.55 per hour – 18 – 20 years old
  • £4.00 per hour – 16-17 years old
  • £3.40 for apprentices under 19 or 19 or over who are in the first year of apprenticeship.

The National Living Wage for workers over the age of 25 remains at £7.20. It is due to change from 1 April next year.

Employers caught breaching the minimum rates have to pay the arrears within 14 days and face a penalty equal to 200% of the unpaid wages owed to workers (100% of the unpaid wages for pay periods which began before 1 April 2016) up to a maximum of £20,000 per worker.

The government also regularly publishes ‘name and shame’ lists of employers who fail to pay the NMW.

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