Employees still not getting paid the National Minimum Wage.
In April 2018, 439,000 workers were paid less than the National Minimum Wage. Of this amount, 369,000 were employees aged 25 and over, who were paid less than the National Living Wage (NLW), an increase from previous years.
On 1 April 2019, the NMW and NLW rates rose to the hourly rates detailed below:
25 and over rate £8.21
21-24 year-old rate £7.70
18-20 year-old rate £6.15
16-17 year-old rate £4.35
The LPC also revealed that women are ‘more likely’ than men to be paid less than the NMW, and that underpayment is common amongst younger and older workers. In addition, underpayment was more common in certain sectors including hospitality, retail, cleaning, maintenance and childcare.