Changes to National Minimum Wage from April 2017

minimum wage uk 2017

In August 2016 almost 700 organisations in the UK were fined £1.4 million for failing to pay employees the national minimum wage. This penalty was in addition to the published £3.5 million in outstanding wages owed to employees.

In 2013 the government made the decision to publicly name employers who failed to pay the national minimum wage and have recently increased the financial penalty from 50% of the owed monies to 100%. The maximum penalty has also been increased, from £5000 to £20,000, however parliament are working alongside HM Revenue and Customs to inspect organisations who fail to comply with the law and prosecute them accordingly.

The National Minimum wage is a vital part of the governments’ policy to ensure equality and ensuring people can stay in work.

The new minimum wage UK 2017 are as follows:


Year 25 and over 21 to 24 18 to 20 Under 18 Apprentice
October 2016 (current rate) £7.20 £6.95 £5.55 £4.00 £3.40
April 2017 £7.50 £7.05 £5.60 £4.05 £3.50

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