National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage

Workers are entitled to be paid a minimum hourly rate of pay called the National Minimum Wage. The hourly rate for the minimum wage depends on your age and whether you’re an apprentice. It doesn’t matter how small an employer is, they still have to pay the minimum wage.

The Government's National Living Wage was introduced on 1 April 2016. For definitions of the minimum and living wage we recommend that you visit the ACAS website.

For up-to-date rates see the Government website National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates page.

Boys & Maughan often advises agricultural, care home, catering, transport and retail clients on minimum wage issues. The minimum rates of pay for agricultural workers may be higher than the National Minimum Wage.

A worker can report their employer to HMRC if they are not paying the minimum wage.

If you would like advice on the minimum wage and how it is applied in your business, please call our employment team on 01843 234000 or contact us using the form on the right hand side of this page.