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The national minimum wage

Updating author: Nicky Stibbs


  • The law relating to the national minimum wage is governed by the National Minimum Wage Act 1998 and the National Minimum Wage Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/621).
  • The majority of workers older than compulsory school age qualify to receive the national minimum wage. (See Eligibility for the national minimum wage)
  • There is a rate of the national minimum wage, referred to as the "national living wage", for workers aged 25 or over. (See National living wage)
  • There are five rates of payment for the national minimum wage. (See Rate of the national minimum wage)
  • There is a specific process for calculating whether or not an employee has been paid the national minimum wage. (See Amount payable)
  • Employers must keep records that show that they have paid their workers the national minimum wage. (See National minimum wage records)
  • Employers that fail to comply with national minimum wage rules may be subject to criminal prosecution, penalties and being publicly named. (See National minimum wage enforcement)

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