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.