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National Minimum Wage Changes Announced for 2015

Current NMW rates

– £6.50 for workers 21 and over

– £5.13 18 – 20 yrs

– £3.79 for 16-17 yrs, who are above school leaving age but under 18

– £2.73 for apprentices under 19 or 19 or over who are in the first year of apprenticeship.

 

New NMW rates from 1 October 2015

– £6.70 for workers 21 and over

– £5.30 18 – 20 yrs

– £3.87 for 16-17 yrs, who are above school leaving age but under 18

– £3.30 for apprentices under 19 or 19 or over who are in the first year of apprenticeship.

It is important to note that these rates, which come into force 1 October 2015, apply to pay periods beginning on or after that date.

 

There are a number of people who will not be entitled to the NMW these include:

-self-employed people

– volunteers

– voluntary workers

– company directors.

All other workers including pieceworkers, home workers, agency workers, commission workers, part-time workers and casual workers must receive at least the NMW. There are no exemptions according to size of business or by sector, job or region.

 

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