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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 June 2017 are as follows:



Over compulsory school age but under 18


Aged 18 but under 21


Aged 21 but under 25 (except development workers)


Aged 25 or over (except development workers)


Development worker


A 'development worker' is a worker who:

  • Is 21 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 by means of a course approved by the Department of Economic Development or training provided by the worker's employer which meets certain requirements)

The maximum accommodation offset is:

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

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.

Further information

Further information about the minimum wage can be found at section 6.20 of the guide IOM Employment Rights and Responsibilities: a guide for Employers, Employees and Workers.


For further information please contact:

The Secretary to the Minimum Wage Committee
Employment & Skills Group
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. 

Page last updated: 22 December 2017

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