Entitlement to National Minimum Wage
21/07/2022

Employers must ensure they are paying staff the new National Minimum Wage (NMW) and National Living Wage (NLW) rates for the period from 1 April 2022 – 31 March 2023. The NLW is the minimum hourly rate that must be paid to those aged 23 or over. The rate for the NLW is £9.50. The hourly rate of the NMW (for 21-22-year-olds) is £9.18. The rates for 18-20-year-olds is £6.83 and the rate for workers above the school leaving age but under 18 is £4.81. The NMW rate for apprentices is £4.81.

HMRC’s manuals discusses the legal entitlement for employees to be paid the NMW. Most workers in the United Kingdom who are over compulsory school leaving age (and those who ordinarily work in the United Kingdom) are entitled to be paid at least National Minimum Wage rates. 

This entitlement to the NMW is set out in the National Minimum Wage Act 1998, section 1 as follows:

(1) A person who qualifies for the National Minimum Wage shall be remunerated by his employer in respect of his work in any pay reference period at a rate which is not less than the National Minimum Wage.
(2) A person qualifies for the National Minimum Wage if he is an individual who-

  1. is a worker.
  2. is working, or ordinarily works, in the United Kingdom under his contract, and
  3. has ceased to be of compulsory school age.

It is important that employers ensure they pay employees at least the minimum wage to which they are entitled. There are penalties for non-payment of minimum wages of up to 200% of the amount owed. The penalty is reduced by 50% if all of the unpaid wages and 50% of the penalty are paid in full within 14 days.

The maximum fine for non-payment can be up to £20,000 per employee. Employers who fail to pay, face up to a 15-year ban from being a company director as well as being publicly named and shamed.


Accounts

We specialise in preparing end of year statutory accounts for your business, in line with HM Revenue & Customs legislation:

Sole Traders & Partnerships
Limited Companies
Limited Liability Partnerships
Property Management Companies
Property rental income accounts

Read More

Bookkeeping

We can adivise on the best bookkeeping options for your needs and budget, if you would prefer to do the bookkeeping yourself.

There are a number of excellent options including Sage desktop software and market leading online solutions, such as Kashflow & Xero.

Read More

Payroll

ejbc payroll

We can set-up and run your payroll scheme or advise on:

Setting up a new payroll system
Day to day payroll processing
Dealing with PAYE and NI deductions
Completing your end of year returns
Holiday & Statutory pay
Stakeholder pensions

Read More

Start Ups

Starting a Business is an exciting opportunity but at the same time can be daunting.

Why not let us take some of the stress away. We are on hand from the outset to help you through many of the challenges of getting your business up and running successfully.

Read More

   

  

Search

Contact Us

The Rectory
1 Toomers Wharf
Canal Walk
Newbury
Berkshire
RG14 1DY

Phone: 01635 46174

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

w3w:///puppy.ridge.priced

Newsletter

With our newsletter, you automatically receive our latest news by e-mail and get access to the archive including advanced search options!

» Sign up for the newsletter
» Login