National Minimum Wage
The National Minimum Wage covers all workers employed under contract but doesn’t affect those who rent a chair/are self-employed.
It doesn’t matter how you pay your staff (weekly, monthly, cash, cheque, bank transfer, etc.), whether they are full- or part-time, or if their contract states a lower amount (perhaps you took them on a few years ago); they are all legally entitled to be paid at least the National Minimum Wage.
The National Minimum Wage can include bonuses or productivity/incentive-related pay, but not tips.
National Minimum Wage, UK
Under the National Minimum Wage Act 1998, all workers are entitled to a statutory National Minimum Wage.
From 1st April 2018 the National Minimum Wage rates payable are:
|Age||Rate Payable from 1 April 2018|
|Apprentice||£3.70 an hour (previously: £3.50)|
|Under 18||£4.20 an hour (previously: £4.05)|
|18-20||£5.90 an hour (previously: £5.60)|
|21-24||£7.38 an hour (previously: £7.05)|
|25+||£7.83 an hour (previously: £7.50)|
National Minimum Wage & National Living Wage April 2019.
The National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage are changing on 1st April 2019. From 1st April 2019 the National Minimum Wage rates payable are:
|Age||Rate Payable from 1 April 2019|
|Apprentice||£3.90 an hour (previously: £3.70)|
|Under 18||£4.35 an hour (previously: £4.20)|
|18-20||£6.15 an hour (previously: £5.90)|
|21-24||£7.70 an hour (previously: £7.38)|
|25+||£8.21 an hour (previously: £7.83)|
National Minimum Wage, Ireland
The Minimum Wage in Ireland has increased from January 1st, 2019, rising by 25 cents per hour, from €9.55 to €9.80.
These are the Minimum Wage Rates that will apply in Ireland from January 2019:
|Age||Rate Payable from 1st January 2019|
|Experienced adult worker||€9.80 per hour|
|Over 19 and less than 2 years since began first job||€8.82 per hour. (90%)|
|Over 18 and less than 1 years since began first job||€7.84 per hour. (80%)|
|Aged under 18||€6.86 per hour (70%)|
(An experienced adult worker – for the purposes of the National Minimum Wage Act – is an employee who has an employment of any kind in any 2 years over the age of 18.)