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National Minimum Wage Changes

November 2009

From 1 October 2009 the new National Minimum Wage rates are:

  • Workers aged 22 years and older £5.80 per hour
  • Workers aged 18 -21 years £4.83 per hour, and
  • All workers under 18 years who are no longer of compulsory school age, £3.57 per hour

HM Revenue & Customs are responsible for monitoring the National Minimum Wage. It is they who will fine you if you fail to pay the correct rates. Currently fines are 50% of the underpayment due to workers subject to a minimum £100 fine and maximum £5,000 fine.

From 1 October 2009 employers cannot use tips to make up wages to the National Minimum Wage, regardless of whether employees receive them through the payroll or in some other way.

Hilton Sharp & Clarke