National Minimum Wage Rises

Category: Amber AccountingPayroll - Posted On: Feb 27 2018


The National Minimum Wage (NMW) or National Living Wage (NLW) rates are increasing from 1 April 2018. Employers need to ensure they are paying their employees at least the appropriate NMW or NLW rate.

You can find the new rates in the table below:

NLW rate From 1 April 2017From 1 April 2018
For workers aged 25 and over£7.50*£7.83
For workers aged 21-24£7.05£7.38
For workers aged 18-20£5.60£5.90
For workers aged 16-17 above school leaving age but under 18£4.05£4.20
The Apprentice Rate**£3.50£3.70

* introduced and applies from 1 April 2016
**for apprentices under 19 or 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship

What are the penalties for non-compliance?

The penalties imposed on employers that are in breach of the minimum wage legislation are 200% of arrears owed to workers. The maximum penalty is £20,000 per worker. The penalty is reduced by 50% if the unpaid wages and the penalty are paid within 14 days. HMRC also name and shame employers who are penalised.

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