If you need help or advice about the National Minimum Wage the Pay and
Work Rights Helpline can advise workers, employers and any other interested
parties on a range of workplace rights and will deal with reports of abuse
of those rights. As well as the National Minimum Wage, the helpline can
also deal with enquiries about: working hour limits, employment agencies,
the Agricultural Minimum Wage and working for a gangmaster.
Telephone:0800 917 2368
Welcome to the Low Pay Commission
The Low Pay Commission (LPC) was established as an
independent body as a result of the National Minimum Wage Act 1998 to advise the
Government about the National Minimum Wage.
Low Pay Commission 2012 Report
The 2012 Report has been published and is available via the link below
The Apprentice Minimum Wage applies to those apprentices under the age of 19 and those aged 19 and over in the first 12 months of their apprenticeship.
The current rate is shown in the table above.
Compulsory School Age
* In England and Wales: a person is no longer
of compulsory school age after the last Friday of June of the
school year in which their 16th birthday occurs.
* In Northern Ireland: a person is no longer
of compulsory school age after the 30th June of the school year
in which their 16th birthday occurs.
* In Scotland: pupils whose 16th birthday
falls between 1st March and 30th September may not leave before
the 31st May of that year. Pupils aged 16 on or between 1st
October and the last day of February may not leave until the
start of the Christmas holidays in that school year.'