New National Minimum Wage comes into force
The new National Minimum Wage comes into force today, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has announced (BIS).
The government has increased the minimum pay per hour by 20p for workers aged 21 and over, and 57p for apprentices in their first year.
Rates of pay
The new rates of pay are:
21 and over
18 to 20
Apprentices in first year
2015 (from 1 October)
2014 (previous rate)
BIS is encouraging all employers to ensure they are paying their staff the correct rate.
Employers who fail to pay workers correctly could face a penalty of up to £20,000 per worker and be 'named and shamed' in public.
If apprentices are aged 19+, second year pay should be in-line with the National Minimum Wage rates for their age group (£5.30 if they are aged 19 or 20 or £6.70 if they are 21+).
BIS has released a range of tools to help employers prepare and they have also
A number of tools are available on the government's National Minimum Wage website. Alongside this resource, employment organisation, Acas, has set up an online helpline and telephone helpline (0300 123 1100) to provide support in correcting any issues.