30 September 2014    |    Payroll

National Minimum Wage

The government has approved a rise in the National Minimum Wage to £6.50 per hour, with more than 1 million people set to see their pay rise by as much as £355 a year.

The rise will take effect on 1 October 2014, as the Government has accepted in full the independent Low Pay Commission’s recommendations for 2014, including plans for bigger increases in future than in recent years.

The Low Pay Commission (LPC) has said the rise, the first real terms cash increase since 2008, is manageable for employers and will support full employment.

The National Minimum Wage rates from 1 October 2014, as recommended by the LPC, will be:

National Minimum WageEmployers are reminder to check  that they meet the National Minimum Wage legislation, and if in doubt they should contact us immediately.

Where we run your payroll, Nicolson Accountancy or Payroll Scotland will try to identify any employees who are paid below the new rates and increase their pay automatically to ensure full complaince, but the onus still lies with the employer to meet the legislation.

The National Minimum Wage legislation

The National Minimum Wage is the minimum pay per hour almost all workers are entitled to by law.

It doesn’t matter how small an employer is, they still have to pay the minimum wage.

The minimum wage rate depends on a worker’s age and if they’re an apprentice.  Use the National Minimum Wage calculator to check if the minimum wage has been paid.

Workers can check if:

Employers can check if:

There is also guidance on working out the minimum wage for different types of work.


The information provided is for general information purposes only.

Legislation and details may have changed since this was written.  The text may not include all matters that are relevant to your individual situation.

You should not make decisions, or refrain from making decisions, without taking further professional advice about your specific circumstances.

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