The national minimum wage sets minimum hourly rates that employers must pay their workers. It covers almost all workers in the UK. There are three aged based rates and an apprentice rate.
The rules in this area can be complicated, so at various stages this guide also provides links to other sources of information. These will give you the greater detail needed to calculate national minimum wage requirements for individual workers.
Important updates and changes
The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills has announced the national minimum wage rates from 1 October 2012:
- the main adult rate (for workers 21 and over) will increase by 11p to £6.19 an hour
- the rate for 18-20 year olds will remain at £4.98 an hour
- the rate for 16-17 year olds will remain at £3.68 an hour
- the rate for apprentices will increase by 5p to £2.65 an hour
For more information on the national minimum wage, please visit the HMRC website guide on http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/paye/payroll/day-to-day/nmw.htm