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More pay in your pocket as national minimum wage increases

The National Minimum Wage (NMW) will increase from 1 October 2016 for the vast majority of employees over the age of 16 years. This will include peiceworkers, home workers, agency workers, commission workers, and casual workers, all of whom must receive at least the NMW. 

The only exemptions are company directors and family members or people who live in the family home of the employer who undertake household tasks.

The increases from 1 October 2016 are:

£6.70 – £6.95 for 21-24 year olds
£5.30 – £5.55 for 18-20 year olds
£3.87 – £4.00 for 16-17 year olds
£3.30 -£3.40 for apprentices under 19 (or over 19 and in the first year of apprenticeship)

The National Living Wage (NLW) applies to workers over the age of 25 years and is currently set at £7.20 per hour.

Another change to the system is that the rates of pay will now increase every April as of April 2017.

The rates of pay set out above are compulsory and are not linked to the size of the business, the sector or the region. HM Revenue and Customs (HRMC) has the power to take employers to court for underpaying workers.

Are you new to work? ACAS has some handy guidance for you. 

Do you have an issue with your working conditions or terms of employment? Talk to us. We are employment law specialists and can give you the expert advice you need. Call 01302 320621 or email



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