The minimum wage a worker should get depends on their age and if they’re an apprentice.
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.
It doesn’t matter how small an employer is, they still have to pay the correct minimum wage.
Use the minimum wage calculator to check if the correct minimum wage has been paid.
Workers can check if:
- they’re getting the correct minimum wage
- an employer owes them payments from past jobs
Employers can check if:
- they’re paying the correct minimum wage
- they owe a worker payments from past jobs
There is also guidance on working out the minimum wage for different types of work.
Step 1 Decide what type of employee you need
and Check you can afford to take on employees
- You are currently viewing: Check how much the National Minimum Wage is
- Find out how much National Insurance you need to pay for your employees
- Check how much sick pay your employees are eligible for
- Check how much you need to pay towards your employee's pension
- Check how much Maternity Leave you need to pay your employees
- Check how much Paternity Leave you need to pay your employees
Step 2 Make your workplace safe and accessible for employees
- Prevent discrimination
- Make your workplace accessible for employees with disabilities or health conditions
- Keep employee information and data safe
- Fire safety
- Health and safety
You also need to make checks when you recruit and employ someone.
Step 3 Register as an employer and set up PAYE
You need to register with HMRC so you can pay tax and national insurance for your employees.
Step 4 Check your responsibilities around workplace pensions
Step 5 Get Employers' Liability insurance
Step 6 Recruit and employ staff