National Minimum Wage rates are updated by the government every October. Please see our Rates & Thresholds page for all current government rates.
Almost all workers are entitled to by law to recieve the National Minimum Wage and it is a criminal offence to pay below the current hourly rate (except for exemptions). If caught paying below the National Minimum Wage, the employer could incur substantial fines. The hourly rate depends on the employee's age.
Employees who are exempt
Live-in carers are exempt provided the carer lives as part of the family household, is treated as a member of the family and is not provided with separate accommodation. For employers who provide separate accommodation for their carers there is an allowance per 7-day week, which can be offset against the minimum hourly rate.