Higher National Minimum Wage for Young Workers

3rd October 2016

The National Living Wage for those aged 25 and over came into force in April at £7.20 an hour. This remains unchanged but the hourly minimums for younger employees increased on October 1.


Those aged 21 to 24 are entitled to £6.95, up from £6.70. Those aged 18 to 20 must be paid at least £5.55, up from £5.30, and those aged 16 or 17 at least £4, up from £3.87.


Apprentices under 19, and those aged over 19 who are in the first year of an apprenticeship, get at least £3.40, up from £3.30.


Businesses that fail to comply face a penalty of 200 per cent of the amount owed unless the arrears are paid within 14 days. The maximum penalty is £20,000 per worker. Employers who fail to pay can be banned as a company director for up to 15 years.




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