11th November 2015

Mo' Money Mo' Problems - National Minimum Wage Rates Increase

It’s that time of year again.  No, not Christmas…  It’s the time for employers to revisit their pay structures to ensure that they comply with the National Minimum Wage (“NMW”) obligations.  The NMW rates are set to increase on 1 October 2015.  Remember that the Government is actively naming and shaming employers who do not comply with their obligations.  Ensure that you keep your business off of the naughty list by increasing pay to match the NMW.  In addition to claims for back pay, employers who act in breach of their obligations can also be fined up to £20,000 per employee!

Here are the revised rates, effective from 1 October 2015:-

Year     21 and over     18 to 20     Under 18     Apprentice
Current rate          £6.50       £5.13       £3.79        £2.73

New rate 

(from 1 Oct)       £6.70            £5.30         £3.87           £3.30

Jack Boyle
Senior Solicitor – Employment Law

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