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New National Minimum Wage (NMW) Rates - April 2017

New National Minimum Wage Rates - April 1 2017

The new National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates from 1 April 2017 will be:

  • £7.50 per hour - 25 yrs old and over
  • £7.05 per hour - 21-24 yrs old
  • £5.60 per hour - 18-20 yrs old
  • £4.05 per hour - 16-17 yrs old
  • £3.50 for apprentices under 19 or 19 or over who are in the first year of apprenticeship


There are a number of people who are not entitled to the NMW/NLW.

  • Self-employed people.
  • Volunteers or voluntary workers.
  • Company directors.
  • Family members, or people who live in the family home of the employer who undertake household tasks.

All other workers including pieceworkers, home workers, agency workers, commission workers, part-time workers and casual workers must receive at least the NMW.

Its The Law

It is illegal not to pay workers the National Minimum Wage or falsify payment records and empoloyers who fall foul of the law could at best face grievances, and at worst claims at the Employment Tribunal as well as fines.  Since the introduction of the National Living Wage the penalty for non-payment will be 200% of the amount owed, unless the arrears are paid within 14 days.

The maximum fine for non-payment will be £20,000 per worker. However, employers who fail to pay will be banned from being a company director for up to 15 years.

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