Employers in the UK are legally obliged to pay the NMW to all eligible employees, even if they have signed a contract that says otherwise. Under UK NMW legislation, a person will be deemed to be a worker if:
they have a contract of employment
they have a contract to perform work or provide services personally for an employer
they are not self-employed under the contract
The contract does not have to be in writing, it can be oral or implied and it makes no difference:
if they are paid weekly or monthly, by cheque, in cash or in another way
if they work full time, part time or any other working pattern
if they work at your premises or elsewhere
what size your Company is
where they work in the UK
UK NMW Rates from 1 October 2012 are:
£6.19 - the main rate for workers aged 21 and over
£4.98 - the 18-20 rate
£3.68 - the 16-17 rate for workers above school leaving age but under 18
£2.65 - the apprentice rate, for apprentices under 19 or 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship
If you are not sure if you should be payiing the NMW give us a call on 0800 612 4772.
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