The National Minimal Wage applies to most workers - and is reviewed every year. Yet the low pay commission estimates that more than two million people aren't being paid what they’re due. We've put together a quick simple check to see if you are being paid what you are entitled to by your employer.
The highest rate - applicable to everyone over the age of 23 is called 'The National Living Wage' which is currently set at £9.50 per hour.
Lower rates are applicable determined by an employee's age and whether or not they are an Apprentice.
The current National Living Wage (2022) is £9.50, and the current National Minimum Wage rates are:
Age 23 and over – £9.50 per hour (National Living Wage)
Age 21 to 22 – £9.18 per hour
Age 18 to 20 – £6.83 per hour
Age Under 18 – £4.81 per hour
Apprentices – £4.81 per hour (for Apprentices aged under 19 or in their first year of an Apprenticeship).
Paying below these rates is against the law and there are a number of routes you can take:
Complain to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
Make a claim to an employment tribunal
Bookmark this article if you feel you aren't getting the wage you are legally entitled to, and raise it immediately with your employer and seek redress.