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Minimum Wage - The Basics

It’s against the law not to pay the National Minimum Wage. The minimum wage applies to all workers under a contract of employment. Keep in mind though this does not have to be a written contract. Always ensure your relationship with your workers is clearly defined in writing as (even with the right paperwork!) it's HMRC who decides a workers employment status.

Here’s a reminder of the current rates payable:

  • adults: £6.31
  • 18 to 20year olds: £5.03
  • 16 to 17year olds: £3.72

apprentices under 19 or those in their first year: £2.68