National Minimum Wage

The National Minimum Wage is the minimum pay per hour almost all workers are entitled to by law. No matter how small an employer is, they still have to pay the minimum wage.

The minimum wage rate varies depending on the worker’s age and if they are an apprentice. Workers must be of school leaving age (last Friday in June of the school year they turn 16) or over to get the minimum wage.

Contracts for payments below the minimum wage are not legally binding. The worker is still entitled to the minimum wage. Workers are also entitled to the minimum wage if they are:

  • Part-time
  • Casual labourers, eg someone hired for one day
  • Agency workers
  • Workers and homeworkers paid by the number of items they make
  • Apprentices
  • Trainees, workers on probation
  • Disabled workers
  • Agricultural workers
  • Foreign workers
  • Seafarers
  • Offshore workers

Apprentices are entitled to the apprentice rate if they’re either:

•under 19
•over 19 and in the first year of their apprenticeship

Apprentices over 19 who have completed the first year of their apprenticeship are entitled to the minimum wage rate for their age