Archive for March, 2018

National Minimum Wage Increase

Friday, March 16th, 2018

As you may be aware as from 1st April 2018 the National Minimum Wage will increase as follows:

– 25 and over will increase to £7.83 per hour

– 21 – 24 will increase to £7.38 per hour

– 18 – 20 will increase to £5.90 per hour

– Under 18 will increase to £4.20 per hour

– Apprentice rate will increase to £3.70 per hour

There are those who are exempt from the entitlement to the National Minimum Wage.

They are as follows:

– self-employed people running their own business

– company directors

– volunteers or voluntary workers

– workers on a government employment programme, such as the Work Programme

– members of the armed forces

– family members of the employer living in the employer’s home

– non-family members living in the employer’s home who share in the work and leisure activities, are treated as one of the family and aren’t charged for meals or accommodation, for example au pairs

– workers younger than school leaving age (usually 16)

– higher and further education students on a work placement up to 1 year

– workers on government pre-apprenticeships schemes

– people on the following European Union programmes: Leonardo da Vinci, Youth in Action, Erasmus, Comenius

– people working on a Jobcentre Plus Work trial for 6 weeks

– share fishermen

– prisoners

– people living and working in a religious community

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