The current National Minimum Wage was introduced on 1st October 2015 and will change on 1st October 2016. The current rates are:
• Workers aged 21 and over: £6.70 an hour
• Development rate for workers aged 18-20: £5.30 an hour
• Young workers rate for workers aged 16-17: £3.87 an hour
• Apprentices under 19, or over 19 and in first year of the apprenticeship: £3.30 an hour
197 employers have failed to pay their employees the National Minimum Wage. These employer details have been published, this list is the largest list to date. These employers range across a number of industries such as hairdressers, hotels, football clubs and care homes.
A total liability of £465,291 was owed by the 197 employers to their employees and The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy have confirmed that all these monies have been repaid to the employees. Since the scheme was introduced in October 2013, a total of 687 employers details have been published and a total liability of £3.5 million.
The onus is on the employer to ensure the correct rate of pay is paid to the relevant employee, depending on their circumstances. The National Living Wage was introduced on 1st April 2016, for employees aged 25 and over, which is £7.20 per hour. The National Living Wage will be enforced equally along with the National Minimum Wage!