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April 2016 – Employment Changes

The National Living Wage rate is now £7.20 for employees aged 25 and over

The National Minimum Wage is still £6.70 for those employees aged 21 – 24

For those aged between 18-20 years it is £5.30 per hour

For those aged between 16-17 years it is £3.87 per hour

For Apprentices (those under the age of 19 and older apprentices in the first year of apprenticeship) it is £3.30 per hour and for those in their second year, it will be the correct wage for their age.

Employers can be fined up to £20,000 for non-compliance (£5,000 maximum prior to 7 March 2014)

Note also from 1st October 2016:

The Government has accepted the recommendations made by the Low Pay Commission (LPC) regarding the rates of the minimum wage affecting workers under 25 and apprentices, to apply from 1 October 2016.

The Prime Minister has announced that the National Minimum Wage (NMW) for 21–24 year-olds will rise by 3.7% to £6.95 an hour, while 18–20 year-olds will see their minimum wage increase by 4.7% to £5.55 an hour.

Apprentices will get a 3% rise (to £3.40 an hour) and the minimum wage for 16–17 year-olds will go up by slightly more, 3.4%, to £4.00 an hour.

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