Draft National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Regulations 2017

The draft National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Regulations 2017 (the “2017 Regulations”) have now been published and are set to come into force from 1 April 2017.

The National Minimum Wage rates are reviewed bi-annually and come into effect on 1 October and 1 April each year. They set the lowest rate that employers are legally required to pay their employees and are separate from the Living Wage which is a voluntary scheme indicating what wage employees need to live on. The current living wage rate is £9.15 in London and £7.85 for the rest of the UK.

The 2017 Regulations stipulate that the hourly rates will increase from 1 April 2017 as follows:

Category Rate for 1/10/2016-31/03/2017 Rate from 1/04/2017-30/09/2017
National living wage (aged 25+) £7.20 £7.50
Standard adult rate (21-24) £6.95 £7.05
Development Rate (18-20) £5.55 £5.60
Young workers rate (under 18 but not apprentices) £4.00 £4.05
Apprenticeship rate £3.40 £3.50

The accommodation offset will increase to £6.40 a day.

For more information on how the 2017 Regulations might affect you please contact the Devonshires Employment Team.

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