Minimum wage changes come into force

Employers in Northern Ireland should take note of the changes to the minimum wage which take effect today.

The minimum wage for employees aged under 21 remains unchanged at £4.98 an hour for 18 to 20-year-olds, and £3.68 for 16 to 17-year-olds. The rate for apprentices increases by 5p to £2.65 an hour. The rate for those above 21 has increased by 9p to £6.19 an hour.

The TUC commented that increases were not sufficient, and that they were below inflation. It also challenges the theory that increasing the minimum wage of young employees would further detriment their ability to gain employment, and believes that under-21s should also have seen an increase. Employment levels in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK still remain worse among under 21s and the government has frozen the minimum wage again to increase the appeal to employers to give jobs to more young people.

If you are an employer or employee in Northern Ireland requiring legal advice in respect of any matter of employment law, including employee manuals, redundancy processes, claims of unfair dismissal or discrimination, or any other issue, contact one of the employment solicitors at Wilson Nesbitt by calling 0800 840 9296.