You are probably aware that the NLW and NMW increase each year. The Chancellor has announced that from April 2022 the National Living wage will increase by 6.6% to £9.50 per hour (currently it is £8.91).

The National Minimum Wage for people aged 21-22 will rise from £8.36 to £9.18 an hour and the Apprentice Rate increases from £4.30 to £4.81 an hour.

The Government website has a series of calculators so that you can make sure that you are paying the correct amount and these can be found by clicking here

A full table of the rates are available by clicking here

This is one of the largest jumps in set minimums with 6.6% for those over 23yrs old, 9.8% for 21 and 22yr olds and almost 12% for apprentices, who see an increase from the current rate of £4.30 to £4.81.

All employers must pay the NLW, as a minimum, to any employee who is 23 or over and NMW for anyone below this. There have been quite a lot of prosecutions for businesses that are not paying properly and also naming and shaming on a website, so it is vitally important that you make sure that your business is compliant.

The experts a Premier Legal LLP can advise you on all aspects of employment law and HR to make sure that you don’t fall foul of constantly changing regulations – we can also offer an insurance backed retainer scheme, Premier Total Cover, so that you have a specialist employment lawyer on the end of a phone 24/7 – Click here for more information on Premier Total Cover

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