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The hourly rate for the minimum wage depends on your age and whether you’re an apprentice.
This page is also available in Welsh (Cymraeg).
You must be at least:
These rates are for the National Living Wage (for those aged 23 and over) and the National Minimum Wage (for those of at least school leaving age). The rates change on 1 April every year.
Apprentices are entitled to the apprentice rate if they’re either:
An apprentice aged 21 in the first year of their apprenticeship is entitled to a minimum hourly rate of £4.81.
Apprentices are entitled to the minimum wage for their age if they both:
An apprentice aged 21 who has completed the first year of their apprenticeship is entitled to a minimum hourly rate of £9.18.
The following rates were for the National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage from April 2016.
Before 1 April 2021 the National Living Wage was for those aged 25 and over.
Read the information on who is entitled to the minimum wage.
You can use the minimum wage calculator to check whether the National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage is being paid.
Contact Acas if you’re not getting the National Minimum Wage and think you should be.
You need to advertise the role and interview candidates. You can use a recruitment agency to do this or do it yourself.
As an employer you must make sure you recruit employees fairly.
You may need to check someone's criminal record, for example, if they'll be working in healthcare or with children.
Check if you need to put your employee into a workplace pension scheme:
When someone accepts a job offer they have a contract with you as their employer.
You must tell HMRC about your new employee on or before their first pay day.
Don’t include personal or financial information like your National Insurance number or credit card details.
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