All You've Ever Wanted to Know About the National Living Wage But Were Afraid To Ask

The new National Living Wage came into effect in April 2016, replacing the National Minimum Wage for all employees over the age of 25.

Around six million people in the UK now receive new National Living Wage, but how do you find out whether it can benefit you and what do you have to do to make sure you get it?

Our Q&A with Priority Appointments' Business Director Tracy Welch tells you all you need to know:

Q: How do you apply for the National Living Wage?

A: You don’t have to apply for it. Your employer, or your agency if you work as a temp through Priority Appointments, will automatically check if you are eligible for the National Living Wage.

Q: I work part-time – will I still get it?

A: If you pay National Insurance, have a contract of employment or you are a contractor paid via an agency like Priority Appointments. you should be eligible. If your work is completely flexible, you may not be, as you will be considered to be self-employed. You can check if you will be eligible using this calculator.

Q: I am not yet 25, so what do I get?

A: You continue to receive the Minimum Wage until you are 25. There are different rates for over-21s; 18 – 20 year olds; under 18s and apprentices. You can check the current rates on the UK government website.

Q: Is this the same as the Real Living Wage?

A: The 'Real Living Wage' is a voluntary pay structure promoted by the Living Wage Foundation. This is not run by the Government and is not mandatory for employers. However, more and more companies are signing up to the scheme all the time, so it would be worth asking your employer if they are a member.

For information on local jobs at excellent rates of pay, please contact Tracy Welch.


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