Minimum wage in Northern Ireland

An employer must pay their workers a minimum amount as defined by law.

The National Minimum Wage (NMW) is a minimum amount per hour which most workers in the UK are entitled to be paid. With a few exceptions, it applies to all workers over the compulsory school leaving age.

The rates vary depending on the following categories:

  • Workers aged 21 and over
  • Workers aged 18-20
  • Worker saged 16-17
  • Apprentices under 19 or in the first year of their apprenticeship.

The rates are reviewed annually.   To view current rates please visit NI Direct – The National Minimum Wage

If you are not being paid the NMW you can complain to the Pay and Work Rights Helpline

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