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National Minimum Wage changes – Employers to be named and shamed.

The annual changes to the National Minimum Wage happen on 1st October 2013 in the UK. The new standard hourly rates are:

  • 21 years and over £6.31
  • 18 to 20 years £5.03
  • 16 and 17 years £3.72
  • Apprentice £2.68

The government will also be amending the rules in relation to naming employers found to be paying less than the minimum wage. Under the current rules, an employer has to owe workers at least £2,000, and the average owed to workers had to be at least £500. Under these rules only one employer, a sole trader hairdressing salon, has ever been named. These restrictions will now be removed, allowing employers to be named much more easily.

These changes are aimed at employers blatantly disregarding the national minimum wage, however, it is important for well-meaning employers to sit down and do the maths to ensure they are not unintentionally paying salaried employers less than the minimum wage. For example, if an employee is on a salary of £14,000 and regularly works a 48 hour week they are being paid less than the minimum wage.

Employers who have salaried staff who opt out of the Working Time Regulations would be best served to carry out the necessary calculations.

Solve. is here to help businesses who struggle for the time to review or amend their contracts of employment and rates of pay.

Call our team now for advice and guidance: 0844 567 6156