Are you 25 or over?

If you are a worker aged 25 and over, and not in your first year of an apprenticeship, you are legally entitled to at least the National Living Wage. Until 31 March 2017, this was £7.20 per hour. From 1 April 2017, it went up to £7.50 per hour.

 

If you currently earn less than £7.50 per hour, you should automatically see an increase in your pay after 1 April 2017. It is illegal for your employer to pay you below the National Living Wage, so check your pay and talk to your manager to make sure you’re getting what you are entitled to.

 

Not sure what your current hourly rate is? Use our calculator to check.

 

Don’t think you’re getting paid the right amount? Talk to your manager. If you have been underpaid, your employer owes you back pay. Make sure you get what you’re owed.

 

Feel uncomfortable talking to your manager? Call the Acas helpline for confidential advice and support.

 

If you’re an employer, by law you must pay workers aged 25 and over the legal National Living Wage. Find out more.

Are you under 25?

If you are a worker aged under 25, or an apprentice, you are legally entitled to at least the National Minimum Wage. From 1 April 2017, this went up.

 

Date 25 & over 21 to 24 18 to 20 Under 18 Apprentice
1 October 2016 £7.20 £6.95 £5.55 £4.00 £3.40
1 April 2017 (current rate) £7.50 £7.05 £5.60 £4.05 £3.50

 

It is illegal for your employer to pay you less than the National Minimum Wage, so check your pay and talk to your manager to make sure you’re getting what you are entitled to.

 

Not sure what your current hourly rate is? Use our calculator to check.

 

Don’t think you’re getting paid the right amount? Talk to your manager. If you have been underpaid, your employer owes you back pay. Make sure you get what you’re owed.

 

Feel uncomfortable talking to your manager? Call the Acas helpline for confidential advice and support.

 

If you’re an employer, by law you must pay workers under 25 at least the legal National Minimum Wage. Find out more.

Is your employer paying you properly?

Think you might be underpaid? Register a complaint with HMRC or call the Acas helpline for confidential advice on 0300 123 1100.

 

Some of the most common mistakes are listed below. Check whether any of them could apply to you and make sure you’re not missing out. If you’re being underpaid, talk to your manager. If your employer owes you back pay, make sure you get what you’re owed.

 

If you receive tips at work, they cannot legally count towards your National Minimum or Living Wage. If tips are counted as part of your pay, and you rely on them to bring your pay up to the National Minimum or Living Wage, then you could be underpaid and not receiving what you are legally owed.

Think you might be underpaid? Your employer could owe you back pay. Call the Acas helpline for confidential advice on 0300 123 1100 or register a complaint with HMRC.

If you get a higher hourly rate for overtime or working anti-social hours, and paid below the National Minimum or Living Wage for your regular shifts, then you could be underpaid and not receiving what you are legally owed.

Think you might be underpaid? Your employer could owe you back pay. Call the Acas helpline for confidential advice on 0300 123 1100 or register a complaint with HMRC.

If your employer has deducted your wages to cover the cost of items connected with your job such as uniform, safety clothing, specified work wear or tools etc. then you may have been underpaid. Deductions for items connected with the job must not take you below the National Minimum or Living Wage for any given pay period.

Think you might be underpaid? Your employer could owe you back pay. Call the Acas helpline for confidential advice on 0300 123 1100 or register a complaint with HMRC.

If your work involves travel between different assignments, and your employer doesn’t pay you for that time, you might not be getting all that you’re owed. Additionally, if your work does not cover the cost of travelling between different assignments, then you could be underpaid and not receiving what you are legally owed.

Think you might be underpaid? Your employer could owe you back pay. Call the Acas helpline for confidential advice on 0300 123 1100 or register a complaint with HMRC.

If you work a little unpaid extra time on a regular basis, such as helping to open up shop or having to wait in the workplace before you can go home after your shift, then you could be underpaid. Additionally, if you have not been paid for time spent training or whilst on a trial period you may also have been underpaid. If you do this regularly, this unpaid time can quickly add up and you might find that you are missing out on your National Minimum or Living Wage.

Think you might be underpaid? Your employer could owe you back pay. Call the Acas helpline for confidential advice on 0300 123 1100 or register a complaint with HMRC.

Your age affects the rate you should be paid on the National Minimum or Living Wage. If your employer didn’t review your pay on your birthday and was slow to make any adjustments, you might not have got all the pay that you’re owed.

These are the rates for the National Living and Minimum Wage from 1 October 2016 to 31 March 2017, and since they went up on 1 April 2017.

Date 25 & over 21 to 24 18 to 20 Under 18 Apprentice
1 October 2016 £7.20 £6.95 £5.55 £4.00 £3.40
1 April 2017 (current rate) £7.50 £7.05 £5.60 £4.05 £3.50

Think you might be underpaid? Your employer could owe you back pay. Call the Acas helpline for confidential advice on 0300 123 1100 or register a complaint with HMRC.

Acas (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) provides free, confidential and impartial information and advice to employers and employees on all aspects of workplace relations and employment law. The helpline has a free translation service for over 100 languages and can be called on 0300 123 1100.

You can ask Acas about:

  • Employment rights and responsibilities
  • Pay and the National Minimum Wage/National Living Wage

Find out more information about Acas.

If HMRC investigates your employer and concludes that the National Minimum or Living Wage has not been paid to a worker or group of workers, it will issue a Notice of Underpayment to that employer which sets out the arrears to be paid to the workers together with a penalty imposed on the employer. The employer may also be publicly named.

Arrears paid to workers can go back a number of years, are paid at the higher current National Minimum or Living Wage rates and your employer will have to pay the correct rates going forward. You don’t still have to be working for the employer in question to make a complaint. If you make a complaint and wish to remain anonymous, HMRC can hide your identity from an employer during any investigation.

HMRC will keep you updated on progress of any investigation.

When HMRC investigates an individual worker complaint, it is often the case that other workers in the same or similar situation end up being paid arrears too. Last year over 58,000 workers received arrears totalling £10.3m.

Are you an employer?

The National Minimum and Living Wage rates went up on 1 April 2017. Make sure you have updated your payroll so your employees get paid at least what they are legally entitled to.

 

These are the rates from 1 April 2017, as well as what they were between 1 October 2016 and 31 March 2017.

 

Date 25 & over 21 to 24 18 to 20 Under 18 Apprentice
1 October 2016 £7.20 £6.95 £5.55 £4.00 £3.40
1 April 2017 (current rate) £7.50 £7.05 £5.60 £4.05 £3.50

 

If you’re not sure what rate you’re paying your employees, use our calculator to check.

 

Even if you are paying your employees at or above the National Minimum or Living Wage, you could still be underpaying them. This can easily happen when an employer makes a mistake in calculating pay.

 

Some of the most common mistakes are listed below. Check whether any of them could apply to your staff. If you discover you have been paying your employees below the correct minimum wage, you must pay any arrears immediately.

If an employee receives tips at work, they cannot legally be counted towards their National Minimum or Living Wage entitlement, they must be paid on top. If tips are counted as part of their pay, and you rely on them to bring their pay up to the National Minimum or Living Wage, then you could be illegally underpaying your staff.

Further information is available on the employers’ National Minimum Wage page. Further information and advice is available through Acas online or by calling 0300 123 1100.

If your employee’s work involves travel between different assignments, and you don’t pay them for that time, you might be underpaying your staff. Additionally, if you do not cover any associated expenditure incurred by a worker while travelling between different assignments, then your employees may not be receiving what they are legally owed.

Further information is available on the employers’ National Minimum Wage page. Further information and advice is available through Acas online or by calling 0300 123 1100.

If your employees are being paid a higher hourly rate for overtime or working anti-social hours, and being paid below the National Minimum or Living Wage for their regular shifts, then you could be illegally underpaying them.

Further information is available on the employers’ National Minimum Wage page. Further information and advice is available through Acas online or by calling 0300 123 1100.

If you have deducted your employee’s wages to cover the cost of items connected with their job such as uniform, safety clothing, specified work wear or tools etc. then you may have been underpaying them. Deductions for items connected with the job must not take a worker below the National Minimum or Living Wage for any given pay period.

Further information is available on the employers’ National Minimum Wage page. Further information and advice is available through Acas online or by calling 0300 123 1100.

If your employees work a little unpaid extra time on a regular basis, such as helping to open up shop or having to wait in the workplace before going home after a shift, you could be illegally underpaying them. Additionally, if you have not been paying them for time spent training or whilst on a trial period, then they may not be getting what they are legally owed. If you do this regularly, this unpaid time can quickly add up and you might find that you are failing to pay the National Minimum or Living Wage.

Further information is available on the employers’ National Minimum Wage page. Further information and advice is available through Acas online or by calling 0300 123 1100.

Age affects the rate an employee should be paid on the National Minimum or Living Wage. If you didn’t review your employee’s pay on their birthdays, you may not have been paying them correctly.
These are the current rates as well as the rates that will apply from 1 April 2017.

 

Date 25 & over 21 to 24 18 to 20 Under 18 Apprentice
1 October 2016 (current rate) £7.20 £6.95 £5.55 £4.00 £3.40
1 April 2017 £7.50 £7.05 £5.60 £4.05 £3.50

 

Further information is available on the employers’ National Minimum Wage page. Further information and advice is available through Acas online or by calling 0300 123 1100.