Helpful advice about the National Minimum Wage rates of pay increase

The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has put together some helpful information, following the news that the government is introducing increases to the National Minimum Wage rates of pay from Saturday, 1 October.

The hospitality industry is the UK's 4th largest employer, representing 10% of the workforce. That's over 180,000 businesses.

The National Minimum Wage is the minimum pay per house all workers are entitled to by law, depending on their age and whether they’re an apprentice.

The new rates of pay for workers are as follows:
• £6.95 for those aged 21-24

• £5.55 for 18-20 year olds

• £4.00 for under 18s

• £3.40 for all apprentices in their first year. If apprentices are aged 19+, second year pay should be in-line with the NMW rates for their age group (£5.55 if they are aged 19 or 20, £6.95 if they are 21 to 24).


Every employer has an obligation to ensure that all staff earning National Minimum Wage are paid correctly, at the new rates.

Members should note that from 2017, all increases will take place in April each year, so the October 2016 increases will remain in place for just six months. The October changes do not apply to the minimum wage for over 25s, now designated the ‘National Living Wage’, which will already have taken effect at £7.20 an hour on 1 April this year.

Check the rates for your firm’s workers here

Employment organisation Acas has set up an online helpline and telephone helpline (0300 123 1100).

Check the National Minimum Wage rates here.

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