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Minimum wage

Current Minimum Wage Rates

A worker's hourly rate of pay must not be less than the appropriate rate of the minimum wage (which is subject to annual review). The hourly rates effective from 1 October 2019:

Over compulsory school age but under 18 £6.15
Aged over 18 (except for Development Workers) £8.25
Development Worker £7.30

A 'development worker' is a worker who:

  • Is 18 or over
  • Is within the first 6 months after the commencement of his or her employment with the employer
  • Has not previously been employed by that employer or an associated employer
  • Has entered into an agreement with the employer requiring the worker to take part in accredited training on at least 26 days. (Accredited training means training to a recognised industry standard which is approved by the Department of Education, Sport, and Culture).

The maximum accommodation offset is:

  • £1.05 per hour
  • £6 per day
  • £42 per week

The minimum wage does not need to be paid to apprentices (i.e. those trainees under formal training agreement with their employer and the Department of Education, Sport and Culture) who:

  • have not attained the age of 19
  • have attained the age of 19 but are within the first 12 months of their apprenticeship

But an apprentice who has attained the age of 25 is entitled to receive the minimum wage.

Minimum Wage Committee

The Minimum Wage Committee consists of an independent Chair, 2 members representing employers and 2 members representing workers. Appointments to the Committee are made by the Department for Enterprise, and from time to time, the Committee is requested to make recommendations as to the rate of the Minimum Wage.

The current members of the Committee are: Anne-Marie Weadock (Chair); Stephen Bradley MBE and Bernie Murphy representing employers; and Mr Bill Galley and Mr Jonty Arkell (Deputy Chair) representing workers.

For further information please contact:

The Secretary to the Minimum Wage Committee
Department for Enterprise
Nivison House
Prospect Hill
Tel: (01624) 682386

Agricultural workers

The Agricultural Wages Board of the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture, fixes the minimum wage rates for agricultural workers. 

Find further information about the rates or the Agricultural Minimum Wage, and the make-up of the Agricultural Wages Board.

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