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The increase in National Minimum Wage 2015

Written by  Thursday, 15 October 2015

It’s that time again, forget the Coca-Cola truck, when the National Minimum Wage increases you know Christmas is imminent. With thousands upon thousands of us getting a little pay rise just before the festive season, what is the new National Minimum Wage for 2015?

The National Minimum Wage for anyone aged 21 and over has gone from £6.50 to £6.70 per hour, 18 to 20 years old has gone from £5.13 to £5.30 per hour and under 18’s have gone from £3.79 to £3.87 per hour.

The Apprentice Rate for 16 to 18 year olds or those who are 19 or over but who are in their first year of the apprenticeship has increased from £2.73 to £3.30 per hour. Apprentices aged 19 or over who have advanced to the second year of their apprenticeship are entitled to National Minimum Wage for their age.

If you are an employee on National Minimum Wage and you don’t think you’ve had your increase, talk to your employer. The chances are they could have just forgotten and will be quick to rectify the mistake.

If you are an employer you need to make sure that all of your staff on National Minimum Wage have had their hourly rate increased, otherwise you could be in breach of employment law.

From April 2016 there is a new rate being introduced called National Living Wage. This applies to all employees aged 25 and over and is a mandatory minimum hourly rate of £7.20. National Minimum Wage will still apply to any employee aged 24 and under.

Fortunately for employers that is still another 6 months away, although most of them would probably like to have all the increases done in one go rather than having yet another payroll change to try and remember.

For more information on National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage please call 0333 11 23456.

Carly Boyd

Carly started her career with Dataplan back in 2013 as a temporary admin assistant. Coming from a background in Graphic Design, she fell in love with payroll and worked her way up to Project Manager just 2 years later. Carly is currently involved in the massive undertaking that is setting up Auto Enrolment pensions, and continues to show her commitment to payroll by studying for her Payroll Management degree.

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