NHF reminds salons to review pay rates ahead of minimum wage increase

The National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage are set to increase on April 1. The National Hairdressers’ Federation is urging salons to ensure they are paying staff at the correct rate before the change comes into play.

Employers who don’t pay the correct rates will face penalty fines of up to £20,000 per underpaid worker. Other potential consequences include having to pay back-payments and being subjected to public “naming and shaming” by the Government. In February it published a list of 350 offending businesses, 39 of which were from the hair and beauty sector.

The NHF warned salons are being targeted because of the high number of offenders in the sector, so advised business owners to check which staff will be eligible for the National Living Wage (rising by 4.2%), ensure staff under 25 are on the correct National Minimum Wage rate, update payroll immediately, and tell staff about any changes to their pay.