Important Minimum Wage Information

There is to be an increase in national minimum wage, the apprentice national minimum wage and national living wage on 1st April 2021.

Whilst business owners across England are all looking forward to the grand re-opening of their salons and barbers on the 12th April there are some important changes to the National Minimum wage rules, which will affect everyone, coming into place on 1st April. 

Below is a summary of these changes and what you will need to do to ensure your business is keeping up to date.

The Apprentice National Minimum Wage

From 1st April the Apprentice National Minimum Wage will be increased to £4.30 for those aged up to 19 or those in their first year of an apprenticeship. 

Apprentices will receive the apprentice rate if they’re either:

  • aged under 19
  • or aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship

an example scenario for this is

An apprentice aged 22 in the first year of their apprenticeship is entitled to a minimum hourly rate of £4.30.

Apprentices are entitled to the minimum wage for their age if they both:

  • aged 19 or over
  • and completed the first year of their apprenticeship

an example scenario for this is

An apprentice aged 22 who has completed the first year of their apprenticeship is entitled to a minimum hourly rate of £8.36.

The National Minimum and Living Wage

The National Minimum and Living Wage will increase to the following...

  • Those aged under 18 will receive £4.62
  • Those aged 18 to 20 will receive £6.56
  • Those aged 21 to 22 will receive £8.36
  • Those aged 23 or older will receive £8.91

Please note from 1 April 2021 the National Living Wage will apply if you’re aged 23 and over.

What You Need To Do

Ensure your staff are all receiving the minimum wage and keep adequate records of all payments so you can show you have complied with national minimum wage rules.

Further information on National Living, Apprentice and National Minimum Wage rates can be viewed at the Gov.UK website linked below:

National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates

 

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