The National Minimum Wage is reviewed each year on 1st October
October 2015 sees the largest increase in the National Minimum Wage since 2007, and more than 1.4 million of Britain’s lowest-paid workers are set to benefit.
From 1 October 2015:
- the adult rate will increase by 20 pence to £6.70 per hour
- the rate for 18 to 20 year olds will increase by 17 pence to £5.30 per hour
- the rate for 16 to 17 year olds will increase by 8 pence to £3.87 per hour
- the apprentice rate will increase by 57 pence to £3.30 per hour
(Apprentices over 19 get the national minimum wage rate that applies to their age after their first year as an apprentice)
National Living Wage
April 2016 will bring a further hike for workers aged 25 and older with the introduction of the national living wage at £7.20 an hour. The minimum wage will still apply for workers aged 24 and under
The National Minimum Wage is enforceable by HMRC. Employers should not subject their workers to less than the minimum wage.
HMRC take a rather dim view on employers who do not adhere to the national minimum wage. Now all payrolls are reported in Real Time Information (RTI), HMRC are finding it considerably easier to keep a check on employers who break the rules
New changes for school leavers
In England, your leaving age depends on when you were born. You can leave school on the last Friday in June as long as you’ll be 16 by the end of that year’s summer holidays.
If you were born on or after 1 September 1997, you must now stay in some form of education or training until your 18th birthday. You can choose to either stay in full-time education, or an apprenticeship, or part-time education and training as well as working 20 hours or more in employment or self employment.