Don’t forget the minimum wage increases from 1 April 2017

The minimum pay per hour a worker is entitled to is set to increase from 1 April 2017 as set out below (figures in brackets show the current rate). The rate will depend on the worker’s age and whether they are an apprentice.

  • £7.50 for workers aged 25 and over (up from £7.20 per hour) – this is the National Living Wage (NLW)
  • £7.05 for 21 to 24 year olds (up from £6.95 per hour)
  • £5.60 for 18 to 20 year olds (up from £5.55 per hour)
  • £4.05 for 16 to 17 year olds (up from £4.00 per hour)
  • £3.50 for apprentices (up from £3.40 per hour)

The maximum offset rate for accommodation (from April 2017) is £6.40 a day or £44.80 a week.

Please note that the government have now aligned the National Minimum Wage (NMW) and NLW cycles so that both rates are amended on 1 April each year as from 2017. Previously the NLW rate was changed in April and the NMW rate (and accommodation rate) was changed in October.

The new pay rate will only affect your PA's pay from the first full pay period after the 1 April 2017. For example, if your PA is paid weekly on a Monday to Sunday basis, the the first full pay period after 1 April 2017 will be the week commencing the 3rd April 2017. This means that if they work on Saturday 2nd April, their pay will be based on the old rates.

We are in the process of updating our NMW and NLW guidance which can be found on our National Minimum and Living Wage page.