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Rise in National Minimum Wage

By Stephen Smith, Employment Lawyer. THE national minimum wage for adults has increased by 12p an hour to £6.31 for those over the age of 21.

The rise has been recommended by the independent Low Pay Commission. The rate for those aged 18 to 20 goes up by 5p to £5.03 an hour, while the increase is 4p to £3.72 for those who are 16 and 17.

The rise for those over 21 is just under two per cent, which is below the current inflation rate of 2.7. per cent.

The Living Wage Foundation argues that employees should pay £7.45 an hour in the UK as a whole, and £8.55 in London.

The Government has announced a clampdown later this year on employers who refuse to pay the minimum wage by publishing their details online. Employees can also bring claims in either the Sheriff Court or the Employment Tribunal.

*The Glasgow Law Practice advises employees and employees on the law around the minimum wage. Contact