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Minimum wage rises

Apr 02, 2017

A stack of pennies with a pound coin propped up in front of them.If you have a job – whether it's part-time, full-time or just in the holidays – make sure you're being paid at least the minimum wage.

On 1 April, the minimum wage increased – but the amount you get depends on your age. If you have a job, your employer must pay you at least this much:

  • If you are under 18, you must be paid at least £4.05 an hour.
  • If you are 18-20, you must be paid at least £5.60 an hour.
  • If you are 21-24, you must be paid at least £7.05 an hour.
  • If you are 25 or over, you must be paid at least £7.50 an hour.

There is an exception for apprentices, whose minimum wage is £3.50 an hour if they are under 19 or in the first year of the apprenticeship.

It's worth checking your pay to make sure that you are still being paid enough – especially if you have recently turned 18, 21 or 25.

If you're not being paid the minimum wage, there is action you can take:

  • Talk to your employer about it to give them a chance to solve the problem
  • Contact the Acas helpline for advice
  • Make an official complaint to HMRC, which can take your employer to court if they refuse to pay

It will help to have payslips showing what you have been paid – in most jobs, your employers is required by law to provide these. Check them over to make sure that they are accurate.

If your employer fires you because you complain about not being paid the minimum wage, this is likely to be considered unfair dismissal and you can take legal action.

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