Employers have a duty to be aware of and comply with the different legal national minimum and living wage rates.

The current minimum wage rates are:

  • National Living Wage (25 years and over) - £7.50 per hour

  • adult rate of National Minimum Wage (21 to 24-year-olds) - £7.05 per hour

  • 18 to 20-year-olds - £5.60 per hour

  • 16 to 17-year-olds - £4.05 per hour

  • apprentice rate - £3.50 per hour for apprentices under 19, or over 19 and in the first year of an apprenticeship

If workers are concerned that they are not being paid the correct rates or if employers need more information about the legal requirements then they can seek advice from Acas.

Any complaints that are raised with Acas, where they believe there is a National Minimum Wage underpayment, will be referred to HMRC who will investigate. HMRC follows up on every complaint received from Acas.

For further information please visit the GOV.UK website.


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