National Minimum Wage
Most workers aged 16 and over are entitled to be paid a national minimum hourly amount. There are different rates of pay under the National Minimum Wage, the amount you’d be entitled to will depend on how old you are and whether you’re an apprentice.
The rates from 1st October 2011 are:
- £3.68 an hour for 16 and 17 year olds
- £4.98 an hour for 18 – 20 year olds
- £6.08 an hour for workers aged 21 and over
- £2.60 an hour for apprentices who are either under 19 or in the first year of their apprenticeship.
There isn’t a National Minimum wage for workers aged under 16.
You’re entitled to a National Minimum Wage whether you work full-time, part-time, from home, on a casual basis, for an agency or on a short term contract. Rates are reviewed each year by the Low Pay Commission.
For more information and advice follow this link or call the Pay and Work Rights helpline on 0800 917 2368.