Employment Law Bulletin February 2016



Back in July 2015 the Chancellor announced a new ‘National Living Wage’ of £7.20 per hour for workers aged 25 or over. Regulations have now been implemented introducing this change with effect from 1st April 2016. The National Living Wage will actually be a new rate of the National Minimum Wage inserted on top of the old structure.

This means that from 1st April 2016 there will be 5 rates of the National Minimum Wage. Those aged 25 or over will entitled to £7.20 per hour. Those aged from 21-24 will be entitled to £6.70. The rate will be £5.30 for those aged 18-20 and £3.87 for those under 18. There is also an apprenticeship rate of £3.30 for those who are under 19 or in the first 12 months of their apprenticeship.