Do you know if you are being paid the right wage? If you’re an employer, are you paying the new current National Living and National Minimum Wage rates? As of 1 April 2019, the National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage rates have gone up.
What Are The National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage rates From 1 April 2019?
- The National Living Wage rate applies to workers who must be at least aged 25
- The National Minimum Wage Rate applies to workers aged 24 and under and apprentices
National Living Wage Rate From 1 April 2019 – £8.21
- Workers aged 25 and over on the National Living Wage will receive £8.21 an hour from 1 April 2019, up from £7.83 – a 4.9% rise
National Minimum Wage Rate From 1 April 2019:
- Workers aged 21 to 24- £7.70, up from £7.38
- Workers aged 18 to 20 – £6.15, up from £5.90
- Workers under 18 – £4.35, up from £4.20
- Apprentices – £3.90, up from £3.70
The new rise in minimum wage rates will affect over 2m workers from 1 August 2019. Women represent an estimated 60% of those who are benefiting from the rise in minimum wage rates. Workers in the hospitality and retail sectors are the most likely to be on the lowest pay, and nearly 200,000 of them will receive the pay rise.
Although these increases in minimum wage rates are good news for millions of people , the charity the Living Wage Foundation says the wage level needed to “meet the costs of living” is £9 per hour across the UK and £10.55 per hour in London. Katherine Chapman, director of the Living Wage Foundation, said: “Over 5,000 responsible employers have gone beyond the government minimum and committed to pay a real living wage. We now need to see more businesses step up and provide a wage that truly covers the cost of living.”
Also, the cost of bills continue to rise, for example council tax continues to rise by more than inflation for millions of people, gas or electricity prices for more than half of UK households are typically going up by £117 a year,
What Is The ‘Real Living Wage’?
Not to be confused with the National Living Wage, the real Living Wage was devised by charity the Living Wage Foundation. It argues the government’s National Living Wage is not high enough to meet workers’ needs and encourages employers to adopt its more generous, independently-calculated rate. Employers have signed up to the ‘real Living Wage’ include KPMG, Oxfam, Nestle, Ikea and Nationwide.
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