April heralds Easter weekend, birthdays for the star signs Aries and Taurus and of course, the annual increase to the National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage.
Current and increased rates
The below rates are for the National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage. The rates change every April.
|Year||25 and over||21 to 24||18 to 20||Under 18||Apprentice|
|April 2017 (current)||£7.50||£7.05||£5.60||£4.05||£3.50|
As the rate increases are linked with age, it’s vital to keep an eye on whether employees are tripping into a new bracket during the course of a year, especially if you have a young workforce. Implementing a system to help you flag these changes will help enormously.
If you realise you haven’t been paying an employee the correct minimum wage then you need to work out the difference and pay any arrears immediately. If you are unsure, the Gov.uk site has a calculator which can help you check any existing rates of pay as well as calculating what you should be paying any future employees.
To ensure you are complying with the letter of the law, it’s also worth checking you understand what counts as working time, as it may not always be as clear cut as you think…
What counts as working time?
For all types of work, including time spent:
Don’t include time spent:
You can find examples on the Gov.uk website or if you need further information or advice, get in touch.