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Merlin House, 1 Langstone Business Park

01633 459012

For more than 10 years we have provided companies of all sizes and in a variety of sectors with uncomplicated, innovative and affordable human resources advice and on-site support ensuring that your people are an asset to your company and not a liability.


With the National Minimum Wage (NMW) now almost fifteen years old, and with another increase pending on 1st April 2017 HMRC have issued a list of the most elaborate excuses they've been given by employers for not paying the appropriate rates:

New National Minimum Wage Levels Announced

Alan Kitto

As part of the Autumn Budget, Chancellor Philip Hammond confirmed the new minimum rates of pay which will apply from April 2018. 

In line with the intention for the national living wage to increase to £9 per hour from 2020, it will increase from £7.50 to £7.83, representing a 4.4% uplift. In practical terms, this will mean a pay rise of around £600 per year for a full time worker.

The other rates will increase as follows:

  • Workers aged 21-24: from £7.05 to £7.38 an hour
  • Workers aged 18-20: from £5.60 to £5.90 an hour
  • Workers aged 16-17: from £4.05 to £4.20 an hour
  • Apprentice rate: from £3.50 to £3.70 per hour