Increase of National Minimum Wage
The latest increase of national minimum wage rates for 2012/2013 came into force in October 2013; it went up to £6.31 per hour. The government has been encouraging companies to be aware of these changes to ensure that they are paying the minimum wage. In 2012, there were 500 employment tribunals cases related to minimum wage issues.
Above changes that came into place are different dependent on your age. Below are the summaries:
Age over 21: £6.31 per hour which is a 12p increase since 2012
Age between 18 and 20: £5.03 an hour which is a 5p increase since 2012
Age between 16 and 17: £3.72 an hour which is a 4p increase
Apprentices: £2.68 an hour which is a 3p increase.
You will be a worker who is entitled to the National Minimum Wage if:
1) You have a contract of employment
2) You have a contract to perform work or provide services personally for your employer
3) You are not self-employed under the contract
Please note the contract doesn’t have to be in writing, it can be oral or implied.
If you are not getting the correct amount of minimum wage, you should point this out to your employer and report them even you are employed by a small company. These restrictions do apply to all sizes of companies.