National Minimum Wage Increase 1 April 2017

Feb 02, 2017
The new National Minimum Wage rates for 1 April 2017 have been issued by the government.  As a result of the National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Regulations 2017, the National Living Wage, which applies to those aged 25 and over, will as previously advised, increase to £7.50 per hour from 1 April 2017. 

The age bands will be amended as follows: 
Age Current (per hour)  From 1 April 2017 (per hour) 
25+ £7.20  £7.50 
21 - 24  £6.95  £7.05 
18 - 20  £5.55  £5.60 
Under 18  £4.00  £4.05 
Apprentice  £3.40  £3.50 

Keeping with the National Minimum Wage theme, HMRC have recently released the top 10 bizarre excuses employers have provided for not paying their employees the national minimum wage.  

According to Business Minister, Margot James, the press release was issued to raise awareness that all employees are entitled to receive a fair wage and that there is no excuse for employers to pay below the national minimum wage.

The 10 most bizarre excuses: 

  1. The employee wasn't a good worker so I didn't think they deserved to be paid the national minimum wage.
  2. It's part of UK culture not to pay young workers for the first three months as they have to prove their 'worth' first.
  3. I thought it was okay to pay foreign workers below the national minimum wage as they aren't British and therefore don't have the right to be paid it.
  4. She doesn't deserve the national minimum wage because she only makes the teas and sweeps the floors.
  5. I've got an agreement with my workers that I won't pay them the national minimum wage; they understand and they even signed a contract to this effect.
  6. My accountant and I speak a different language – he doesn't understand me and that's why he doesn't pay my workers the correct wages.
  7. My workers like to think of themselves as being self-employed and the national minimum wage doesn't apply to people who work for themselves.
  8. My workers are often just on standby when there are no customers in the shop; I only pay them for when they're actually serving someone.
  9. My employee is still learning so they aren't entitled to the national minimum wage.
  10. The national minimum wage doesn't apply to my business.

If you believe that your employer is not paying you in accordance with the National Minimum Wage, or you are a business and are unsure whether you are complying with the National Minimum Wage please contact one of our experts in our Employment Team on 01279 755777 or 020 7294 7330.

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