As explained in a previous blog post, Minimum Wage is defined as the lowest wage payable to most employees as fixed by law or union agreement.
As from 01/10/09 new rates came in place:
•£5.80 – as the main rate for workers aged 22 and over;
•£4.83 – the 18-21 rate;
•£3.57 – the 16-17 rate for workers above school leaving age but under 18.
A very important change from 01/10/09 is that fact that employers running bars and restaurants can no longer be allowed to use tips to top up pay up to the minimum wage.
Workers will now be paid at least the National Minimum Wage and be paid their tips on top of this.
If your employer is paying you less than the Minimum Wage entitlement you must report this by filing an online complaint form.