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MoneysApril 4 2016

The minimum hourly wage - the National Living Wage - of £7.20 an hour is now in place for employees aged 25 and over. However, the changes introduced on April 1 mean that the former national minimum wage of £6.70 an hour continues for those under the age of 25.

The Treasury and Department for Business Innovation and Skills has published more information on the introduction of the NLW including guidance on calculating the minimum wage.

This sets out:

  • what counts and does not count as pay and working hours for minimum wage purposes
  • eligibility for the minimum wage
  • how to calculate the minimum wage
  • how the Department will enforce the minimum wage.

“The NLW rate applies to any pay allocated on a monthly reference period starting on April 1 2016. If a pay reference period starts and ends either side of April 1 2016, employers will need to look at the rate that applied at the start of the pay reference period and pay that rate for the relevant period,” said the Department.

“For example, if the pay reference period starts on April 19, the allocated pay between April 1 and April 18 2016 will be based on NMW rates of pay. Allocated pay from the April 19 2016 onwards should be based on the NLW rate.”

The National Federation of Self Employed & Small Businesses (FSB) points out that the NLW should not to be confused with the voluntary living wage set by the Living Wage Foundation. “The Government has set a target for the NLW to rise to the equivalent of 60% of average earnings by 2020. Based on the latest projections, this will mean the NLW will increase to approximately £9.15 per hour in 2020, although this is subject to change.”

Links:

HM Treasury/ BIS announcement

National Minimum Wage documents including NLW

NLW policy paper

NLW ‘Calculating the minimum wage’

FSB comment

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