National Minimum Wage – National Living Wage


National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage

This month should see a pay increase for anyone on the National Minimum Wage as the top rate increased from £6.50 per hour to £6.70 per hour on 1st October. It would seem that apprentices did the best out of this round of increases as they had an increase from £2.73 to £3.30. This is, of course still a fairly pathetic rate, but it is moving in the right direction and it is a rate that may encourage employers to take on trainees.

The good news for anyone over 25 and on a low wage is that from April next year your rate will increase from the National Minimum Wage rate of £6.70 to the new National Living Wage rate of £7.20  – an extra 50p an hour. This is part of the government’s pledge to have anyone over 25 years of age earning at least £9 per hour by 2020. The National minimum Wage will still apply to anyone under 25.

If you think that you are not being paid the correct wage, you can contact the employment law experts at Alpha Law and someone will be happy to talk through your issues and help you to understand what you should be paid and how to make a complaint if you are not getting the correct amount.

You should know exactly what you are being paid by looking at your payslip and remember you have a legal entitlement to receive a payslip every time you are paid, so contact us if you are not getting one.

The government website on NMW Rates can be found by by clicking here and you can see all of the various rates.