National Minimum Wage changes come into force this week
The rises in National Minimum Wage rate for UK workers, which were announced back in March, came into force on October 1.
The National Minimum Wage is a minimum amount per hour that most workers in the UK are entitled to be paid. The rate depends on age and whether the worker is an apprentice.
The new rates are:
£6.19 per hour for workers aged 21 and over (a rise of 11p per hour)
£4.98 per hour for 18-20 year olds (no change)
£3.68 per hour for workers above school leaving age but under 18 (no change)
£2.65 per hour for apprentices (a rise of 5p per hour)
Almost all UK workers are entitled to the national minimum wage, including part-time, casual or agency staff as well as full-time employees. However, if you have a self-employed therapist, nail tech or make-up artist working in your salon or spa, they are exempt.
It makes no difference to a worker's entitlement to the national minimum wage whether they work for you full time or part time, or whether they are an agency worker, a temporary or casual worker, a piece worker or a home worker.
Spas that provide employees with accommodation can count some of its value towards the National Minimum Wage pay. This is called the accommodation offset. From October, the maximum that employers can count towards NMW pay will be £4.82 - a rise of 9p.