The national minimum wage is the least your employer can pay you, per hour, for the work you do for them. The UK minimum wage changes every October and you need to make sure that your earnings keep up. Here’s how much you should be paid now.
At the start of October 2013 the UK national minimum wage rate increased in line with inflation.
This means you need to make sure your earnings are adjusted in line with the new 2013/14 minimum wage rates if your pay is tied to that figure.
Here’s what your employer needs to pay you for an hour’s work now:
The minimum amount you should be paid will depend on your age and employment status.
Here are the current UK minimum wage rates:
Aged 21 or over: £6.31 per hour
If you are employed in the UK then it’s highly likely that you will be entitled to the minimum wage.
It makes no difference how many hours you work, how you’re paid, if you work at home or in an office or how many people work for the company that pays you.
Regardless of all these factors you are entitled to receive the UK minimum wage.
In very specific circumstances you may not be entitled to receive the minimum wage.
This could be the case if:
If you are still unsure if you are excluded from the minimum wage you can find more information on the GOV.uk website.
The minimum wage is a legal requirement so you’re well within your rights to speak to your employer if you’re being underpaid. This can sometimes feel awkward, but it’s a must if you’re not earning enough as they have no choice in the matter.
If you have no luck speaking to your employer, you should get in touch with the Pay and Work Rights Helpline - they can offer further help and if you wish lodge an official complaint on your behalf. Alternatively, you can submit an online enquiry on the GOV.uk website.
National minimum wage rates apply from October to September, meaning the next change is scheduled for 1st October, 2014.
Dear Martin I think " At the start of October 2013 the UK national minimum wage rate increased in line with inflation." should read " At the start of October 2012 ....."
"The new 2012/13 minimum wage rates apply immediately and you need to make sure your earnings are adjusted accordingly....." then makes sense.
Thanks, Martin, our son was asking us about this just the other day but we weren't sure of the age grouping wages.
this doesn't help - I need from October 2013
so do I
October 2013 minimum wage will be announced at the next Budget Statement, March 20th
incorrect it isnt announced in the budget but normally around 12th april after the low pay commision set out their recomendations for the increase which the goverment usually ignore
so do we know what it is yet?
Hi Steiff, the minimum wage for October 2013 was not mentioned directly in the Budget statement last week.
As soon as the details have been announced we will update this page.
6.31 p/h adult rate
Are there any Carers out there getting Carers Allowance and who work 16hrs per week, who are concerned that the NMW will increase too much, taking people over the £100 earnings limit?
Hi everyone,The minimum wage levels as from October 2013 have now been confirmed; see the (last) section added to the guide above.
So the news about Minimum Wage from October is... £6.31 for 21 years and older. £5.03 for 18-20 year olds, and £2.68 for Apprentices. Hope this helps.
I think it should also raise for 16-17 year old people.
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