National Minimum Wage

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.

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:National Minimum Wage & National Living Wage April 2019.

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.)

For further advice on this please contact us on either 02392 295 000 or 1890 946 661. To download our fact sheets please click here for UK and here for Ireland.