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National Living Wage is here and so are we, should any of our clients or candidates have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.

What is the National Minimum/ Living Wage

The National Minimum Wage is the minimum amount of pay that a UK worker is entitled to per hour according to UK law.

These rates are set by the Government and vary depending on how old a person is. The current age groups include under 18, 18 to 20, and 21 to 24, as well a separate rate for apprentices.

The minimum amount paid to each worker goes up the older they get, with 21 to 24 receiving the largest rate and apprentices receiving the lowest rate. It should be noted that the apprentice rate only applies to apprentices who are under 19 or in their first year of the apprenticeship if they are over 19.

The NMW was initially introduced back in 1999, and the change of rates have been reviewed and decided by the LPC since, making recommendations to the Government. The hourly rates change each April and are usually announced during the Budget in the latter half of the year.

People aged 25 and overused to be eligible for the National Minimum Wage, but something called the National Living Wage was introduced a few years ago to replace it.

Who is Eligible

Almost every worker in the UK is entitled to receive the NMW, including casual workers, part-time workers and temporary workers.

You need to be at least the school leaving age to be eligible for minimum wage, which is after the last Friday in June of the school year in which you turn 16. Most employers who hire under 18s require people to be at least school leaving age before applying any way.

People who are not entitled to the NMW or NLW are anyone who is self-employed, voluntary workers, members of the armed forces, company directors and students on work experience.

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