HM Revenue & Customs are urging students and seasonal staff to check that they are being paid at the National Minimum Wage (NMW).
During the last tax year, HMRC helped 155,000 workers across the UK to recover more than £16 million in pay which was due to them.
It’s important that all UK workers know that they are legally entitled to be paid NMW, including temporary seasonal staff.
Currently, the National Minimum Wage hourly rates are:
- £8.91 – Age 23 or over (National Living Wage)
- £8.36 – Age 21 to 22
- £6.56 – Age 18 to 20
- £4.62 – Age under 18
- £4.30 – Apprentice.
Steve Timewell, Director Individuals and Small Business Compliance, HMRC, said, “We want to ensure that seasonal workers and students are being paid what they are entitled to and, as the economy reopens, help employers if they are unsure of the rules.
“Workers should check their hourly rate and look out for any deductions or unpaid working time which would reduce their pay. It could take them below the minimum wage.
“HMRC investigates every complaint made about the minimum wage, so whether you are selling sun cream, giving a hotel room a clean, or serving a strawberry smoothie, if you think you are being short-changed you should get in touch.”
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