National Minimum Wage


The National Minimum Wage (NMW) is the lowest amount that you can be paid for each hour that you work. People aged 22 and over cannot be paid less than £6.08 per hour. People aged 18 to 21 cannot be paid less than £4.98 per hour. 16 and 17 year olds cannot be paid less than £3.68 per hour.

Hourly pay for the NMW is worked out as an average over your pay period. If you are paid weekly, the pay period is a week. If you are paid daily, then the pay period is a day and if monthly paid, then the pay period is a month.

To work out hourly pay divide your gross pay (total pay before tax and other deductions) by the number of hours worked. If you have no fixed hours but are a piece worker (paid depending on output) or paid on completion of a specific job you either have to be paid the minimum wage per hour for all hours worked, or be paid 120% of the minimum wage for the number of hours it takes an average worker to complete an agreed amount of work.

If you think that you are not being paid the National Minimum Wage you can make a complaint directly to the Pay and Work Rights Helpline on 0800 917 2368.

Since 1 October 2011, agency workers who do same job with the same hirer for 12 weeks have the right to the same pay that would have applied if they were employed directly. (This right does not extend to pensions; sick pay; maternity, paternity or adoption pay; bonuses linked to company performance or which reward loyalty or length of service; redundancy pay or expenses).