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National Minimum Wage and Living Wage

This collection brings together all documents about the the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage.

The National Minimum Wage is the minimum pay per hour almost all workers are entitled to. The National Living Wage is higher than the National Minimum Wage - workers get it if they’re over 25.

Guidance for employers and workers

Consultations

You can also view the HM Treasury consultation on travel and subsistence expenses schemes, and the Low Pay Commission (LPC) 2012 NMW review and 2013 NMW review.

  1. National Minimum Wage: draft consolidated regulations
  2. Employed students and the accommodation offset

Policy documents

Government plans of action on bringing in or enforcing NMW regulation.

Research reports

You can also view LPC research reports that inform their work.

Government evidence to the LPC

Government’s evidence to the LPC on the NMW that cover the UK economy, evidence on pay, the labour market and the youth labour market.

  1. National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage: government evidence on compliance and enforcement, 2018
  2. National minimum wage: government evidence to the Low Pay Commission on compliance and enforcement, 2017
  3. National minimum wage: final government evidence for the Low Pay Commission Autumn 2016 report
  4. National minimum wage: final government evidence for the Low Pay Commission Spring 2016 report
  5. National minimum wage: interim government evidence for the Low Pay Commission Spring 2016 report
  6. National minimum wage: interim government evidence for the 2015 Low Pay Commission report
  7. National minimum wage: government evidence for the Low Pay Commission additional assessment
  8. National minimum wage: interim government evidence for the 2014 Low Pay Commission report
  9. National minimum wage: final government evidence to the Low Pay Commission 2012
  10. National minimum wage: interim government evidence to the Low Pay Commission 2012
  11. National minimum wage: final government evidence to the Low Pay Commission 2011
  12. National minimum wage: government evidence to the Low Pay Commission 2011
  13. Low Pay Commission: government evidence (January 2011). Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
  14. Low Pay Commission: government non-economic evidence (2010)

Government responses to annual LPC reports

Provides the main recommendations on NMW rates in response to the annual LPC reports.

  1. National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage: government response to the Low Pay Commission’s Autumn 2017 report
  2. National Minimum Wage: response to the Low Pay Commission’s Autumn 2016 report
  3. National Minimum Wage: response to the Low Pay Commission’s spring 2016 report
  4. National Minimum Wage: report on the 2015 apprentice rate
  5. National Minimum Wage: response to the Low Pay Commission’s 2015 report
  6. National minimum wage: response to Low Pay Commission 2014 report
  7. National minimum wage: government response to the Low Pay Commission’s 2013 report
  8. National minimum wage: government response to the Low Pay Commission 2012 report

Compliance and enforcement reports

Annual reports on how businesses are complying with NMW regulations and how government is enforcing them.

Press releases

Published 30 September 2014
Last updated 22 September 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added government evidence to the LPC on compliance and enforcement for 2017 to 2018.
  2. Added counterfactual research.
  3. Added government evidence to the LPC on compliance and enforcement and research on underpayment in the informal economy.
  4. Added government response to the Low Pay Commission’s Autumn 2016 report.
  5. Added government evidence for the Low Pay Commission Autumn 2016 report.
  6. Added final government evidence to the Low Pay Commission 2016.
  7. Added 'National minimum wage: interim government evidence to the Low Pay Commission 2016'.
  8. Added Low Pay Commission remit 2016 document.
  9. Added government response and a press release about the 2015 National Minimum Wage increase announcement.
  10. National minimum wage: interim government evidence for the 2015 Low Pay Commission report added.
  11. Press release added
  12. First published.