Changes to National Minimum Wage
With effect from 1 October 2009 the National Minimum Wage rates are as follows:
- £5.80 per hour for workers aged 22 and over
- £4.83 per hour for workers aged 18 – 21
- £3.57 per hour for workers aged 16 -17
What if my employer is paying me less the than the National Minimum Wage?
If you are a worker and your employer is paying you less than the National Minimum Wage, you can:
- Make a complaint to HMRC (Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs) who will take action to enforce your rights to payment at the proper rate.
- You can submit a complaint to the HMRC by either submitting a complaint via their website at http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/nmw/complaint.htm or your can telephone them on 0800 917 2368.
Alternatively, you could:
Employers should note that failure to comply with their obligations under the National Minimum Wage Regulations could result in criminal prosecution and the imposition of a substantial fine.Useful Links:
- bring a claim in the Employment Tribunal. Note that any claim must be presented to the Tribunal within 3 months of the last date that you were paid less than the National Minimum Wage; or
- bring a claim in the Civil Courts in respect of any underpayment. The time limit for civil claims is 6 years from the date that the employer failed to make proper payment.