National Minimum Wage, are you on it?
The question is, if you’re not on minimum wage, why?
The Government is running a UK-wide campaign to encourage low-paid workers to check their pay to ensure they are getting the National Minimum Wage (NMW).
By law, all workers aged 25 and over must be paid at least the National Living Wage, or, if they are younger, the National Minimum Wage rate relevant to their age group.
Minimum wage rates are increasing on 1 April 2017 in this way:
The National Living Wage
- the rate for people aged 25 and over will be £7.50 per hour
The National Minimum Wage
- the rate for 21 to 24 year olds will be £7.05 per hour
- the rate for 18 to 20 year olds will be £5.60 per hour
- the rate for 16 to 17 year olds will be £4.05 per hour
- the apprentice rate will be £3.50 per hour
Help and support for workers
- Further information and to check minimum wage rates: gov.uk/checkyourpay
- Calculator to check you’re getting what you’re entitled to: gov.uk/am-i-getting-minimum-wage
- Workers who feel they are not getting paid the correct wages can call the confidential Acas helpline on 0300 123 1100. The line has a free translation service for more than 100 languages and you can call Acas even after you have left an employer
- Workers can also make a complaint about their employer at gov.uk/government/publications/pay-and-work-rights-complaints or alternatively go to www.gov.uk and search for Pay and Work Rights Complaints.
If you think you need to challenge your pay, speak up, speak out and make a change.