The rates under the National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Regulations 2016 have been published and will come into effect in April 2016. The Regulations have also increased the financial penalty payable by employers who underpay the National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage from 100% to 200% of the underpayment due to each worker. Non-compliant employers will continue to be “named and shamed”.
The new rates from April 2016 will be as follows:
- for apprentices under 19 or in the 1st year of their apprenticeship the National Minimum Wage (NMW) will remain at £3.30 per hour;
- for workers aged 16 and 17 the NMW will remain at £3.87 per hour;
- for workers aged between 18 and 20 (inclusive) the NMW will remain at £5.30 per hour;
- for workers between 21 and 24 (inclusive) the NMW will remain at £6.70 per hour; and
- for those aged 25 and over, the National Living Wage (NLW) will apply (£7.20 per hour).