National Living Wage
From April 2016, the national living wage will be £7.20 an hour for workers aged 25 and older. The minimum wage will still apply for workers aged 24 and under.
The age groups were different before 2010 and there were no National Minimum Wage rates for apprentices.
|Year||22 and over||18 to 21||Under 18|
National Minimum Wage
|Type of Payment||From 1 October 2015||From 1 October 2014|
|Workers aged 21 and over (minimum rate per hour)||
|Workers aged 18-20 and those aged 21 and over doing accredited training in the first six months of employment* (minimum rate per hour)||
|Workers aged under 16 and 17 (minimum rate per hour)||
|Apprentices under 19 (or aged 19 and over in the first year of their apprenticeship)||
|Accomodation offset amount||
£5.08 per day
Agency Workers Regulations ( AWR)
The Working Time Regulations
The Working Time Regulations (1998) implement the European Working Time Directive into GB law.
The Regulations were amended, with effect from 1 August 2003, to extend working time measures in full to all non-mobile workers in road, sea, inland waterways and lake transport, to all workers in the railway and offshore sectors, and to all workers in aviation who are not covered by the Civil Aviation (Working Time) Regulations 2004. The Regulations will apply to junior doctors from 1 August 2004.
- DTI – Guidance to the Working Time Regulations – link to external website
- The Working Time Regulations (1998) – link to external website
- The Working Time (Amendment) Regulations 2003 – link to external website
HSE is responsible for the enforcement of:
- The maximum weekly working time limit;
- Night work limits; and;
- Health assessments for night work.
HSE does not however, enforce:
- Time off;
- Rest break entitlements; or;
- Paid annual leave entitlements.
All initial enquiries should be dealt with by ACAS, (the Arbitration, Conciliation and Advisory Service). ACAS will be able to help with matters concerned with time off, rest breaks, paid annual leave and other general employment information. You can contact the ACAS National Helpline on: Tel: 08457 474747
ACAS website link to external website
More formal enforcement responsibilities are split between HSE, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA), and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). Contact details for these organisations can be found by clicking on the links below.
Agency Worker Regulations Overview National Minimum Wage
The Agency Worker Regulations were effective from 1st October 2011. The main principle is the provision of a form of equal treatment between a temporary agency supplied worker and an appropriate permanent employee of the Hirer i.e. after a qualifying period their basic terms and conditions should be no less favourable than the terms to which they would have been entitled had they been employed directly by the Hirer. Equal treatment includes (but is not restricted to) such matters as:
- Duration of working time
- Overtime/Night Work
- Breaks/Rest Periods
- Holiday entitlement
Some aspects of the Regulations apply from commencement of any worker on an assignment (Day one rights) whilst the main requirements apply after 12 weeks.
Every Hirer requirement will have different characteristics and it may transpire that an Agency will need to offer a number of different procedures to Hirers and their workers or even the same Hirer to conform to the AWR. A&B candidates are urged to seek further advice from their advisors.