Do I have to pay the National Minimum Wage?

All workers of at least school-leaving age are entitled to a set level of minimum pay per hour known as the National Minimum Wage. Workers over 23 years of age are entitled to the National Living Wage, which is set at a higher level.

It does not matter if they are part time, casual or trainees, they still have to be paid in line with National Minimum Wage regulations.

Current rates
The rates change on 1 April every year.

Wage bandCurrent rate (from 1 April 2023)
Age 23 or over (National Living Wage)£10.42
Age 21 to 22£10.18
Age 18 to 20£7.49
Under 18£5.28
Apprentices are entitled to the apprentice rate if they’re either:
– aged under 19
– aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship

Please contact us for more information and to ensure you are paying staff what they are entitled to.