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What should you be paid?

As long as you’re not self-employed, you must be paid at least the national minimum/living wage (NLW) for the hours that you work.

The exact rate you’re entitled to depends on your age and whether you are undertaking an apprenticeship. The rates are reviewed annually and since April 2023 are:

23 and over (NLW)

£10.42

21 to 22

£10.18

18 to 20

£7.49

16-17

£5.28

Apprentices

£5.28*

 

*(n.b. there are circumstances where you may be entitled to more than this)

 

It’s your employer’s responsibility to keep records proving that they are paying the minimum wage.

 

What can you do if you think you’re being paid less than the minimum wage?

You should first raise the issue with your employer. If that doesn’t result in the matter being sorted you can make a formal complaint to HM Revenue and Customs. You may also have claims for an unlawful deduction of wages and/or a breach of contract.

 

How Which? Legal can help

If you’ve got a question about your pay, we can explain your rights and what you can do if you think your employer is in breach of the law. We’ll:

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  • discuss your options and the time limits for bringing any claims

 

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