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