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National Minimum Wage 2012 - 2013

The UK national minimum wage is aimed at providing employees with decent minimum living standards. It is illegal for an employer to pay less than the minimum wage. Children and young workers aged 16 and 17 are now covered by the minimum wage. The hourly rates shown below are the minimum amount of pay that workers aged 16 years or older are entitled to.

There are currently  four levels of minimum wage:

Adults already on the minimum wage will receive the following rates: 

Date

Age

Minimum Rate Per Hour

From 1st October 2012 19 and over during the first year of Apprenticeship** 2.65
From 1st October 2012
no change
16 - 17 years old 3.68
From 1st October 2012
no change
18 - 20 years old 4.98
From 1st October 2012 21 and over 6.19
From 1st October 2011 19 and over during the first year of Apprenticeship** 2.60
From 1st October 2011 16 - 17 years old 3.68
From 1st October 2011 18 - 20 years old 4.98
From 1st October 2011 21 and over 6.08

**The apprentice rate of 2.65 per hour (previously 2.60) is for apprentices aged 19 and over in the first year of their apprenticeship or anyone aged 19 or under.


Note
The October 2012 rates are recommendations from the Low Pay Commission Report.
 http://www.lowpay.gov.uk/lowpay/report/pdf/2012_Report.pdf

Employees Rights

Please note that employees over 21 on accredited training can also receive the development rate for the first six months of employment.

The development rate, which applies to workers aged 18-21 inclusive, is 4.83 per hour starting a new job with a new employer and doing an accredited training course approved by the UK Government to obtain a vocational qualification.

It is illegal for an employer to pay less than the minimum wage. The six potential criminal offences under section 31 of the NMW Act are:

  •  Employer refuses or wilfully neglects to pay NMW
  •  Person fails to keep or preserve records
  •  Person knowingly causes or allows false entry in records
  •  Person produces or furnishes false records or information
  •  Person delays or obstructs compliance officer
  •  Person refuses or neglects to answer any questions or produce documents for compliance officer

Each criminal offence carries a maximum 5,000 fine and a criminal record.


Low Pay Commission - http://www.lowpay.gov.uk/

   

Minimum wage helpline - http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/nmw/help.htm

 

This page was last updated 28/09/2012


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