Employment

UPDATE

Since we wrote this blog, there have been updates to the national minimum wage and national living wage rates, and also to the living wage set by the Living Wage Foundation. For a breakdown of 2016/17 rates, and the rates to apply from April 2017 onwards, see our blog Minimum wage and living wage rates from April 2017.

Users of Workbox, the employment team’s online HR site, can also access continually updated information on current rates, along with FAQs on the trickier aspects of calculating the minimum wage, in the Minimum Wage section of the site.

Last week the Low Pay Commission opened a consultation seeking views on the existing rates of the national minimum wage and the national living wage and specifically the rates that should apply from April 2017. Views are also sought on issues surrounding compliance and enforcement.

The consultation, which closes on 29 July 2016, can be viewed here.

From April 2017 all of the rates, including the national living wage, will be uprated at the same time.

The Low Pay Commission will recommend to the government in October 2016 the level of rates to apply from April 2017.

Current national minimum wage rates 

  • National living wage: £7.20
  • Standard adult rate (aged 21-24): £6.70
  • Development rate (workers aged 18-20): £5.30
  • Young worker’s rate (workers aged 16-17 who are not apprentices): £3.87
  • Apprenticeship rate: £3.30

Rates from October 2016

  • National living wage: £7.20
  • Standard adult rate (aged 21-24): £6.95
  • Development rate (workers aged 18-20): £5.55
  • Young worker’s rate (workers aged 16-17 who are not apprentices): £4.00
  • Apprenticeship rate: £3.40

Julie Keir

Practice Development Lawyer at Brodies LLP
As a Practice Development Lawyer Julie is responsible for developing and maintaining Brodies Workbox, our award-winning online HR and employment law resource.
Julie Keir