National Minimum Wage 2015

The National Minimum Wage (NMW) is a minimum amount per hour that most workers in the UK are entitled to be paid.
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The National Minimum Wage (NMW) is a minimum amount per hour that most workers in the UK are entitled to be paid.

Current NMW rates

The National Minimum Wage rate per hour depends on your age and whether you’re an apprentice – you must be at least school leaving age to get it. The current rates (from 01 October 2015) are:

Year 21 and over 18 to 20 Under 18 Apprentice*
2015 (current rate) £6.70 £5.30 £3.87 £3.30
2014 £6.50 £5.13 £3.79 £2.73
2013 £6.31 £5.03 £3.72 £2.68
2012 £6.19 £4.98 £3.68 £2.65
2011 £6.08 £4.98 £3.68 £2.60
2010 £5.93 £4.92 £3.64 £2.50

Entitlement to the NMW

Most workers in the UK over school leaving age are legally entitled to be paid at least the NMW and all employers have to pay it to you if you are entitled to it. It makes no difference:

  • if you are paid weekly or monthly, by cheque, in cash or in another way
  • if you are paid weekly or monthly, by cheque, in cash or in another way
  • if you work at your employer’s own premises or elsewhere
  • what size your employer is
  • where you work in the UK

You are entitled to the NMW even if you sign a contract agreeing to be paid at a lower rate. This is regardless of whether you sign of your own free will or because your employer persuades or makes you. The contract will have no legal effect and you must still be paid the proper rate.
If you are not sure if you should be paid at least the NMW read the ‘Workers entitled to the National Minimum Wage’ and ‘Who is not entitled to the National Minimum Wage’ pages.

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