Don’t forget the new living wage, employers told

By Anita Jaynes on March 30, 2016

Field Recruitment is urging employers to comply with the new living wage which comes into force on Friday.

From April 1, workers aged 25 and over will be entitled to the National Living Wage, which at £7.20 is a 50p increase on the current National Minimum Wage of £6.70.

The Government has already announced it will be tough on employers who flout the law. It has doubled the penalties for non-payment of the National Minimum Wage and the new National Living Wage; increased the enforcement budget; set up a new team in HMRC to take forward criminal prosecutions for those who deliberately do not comply; and threatened to disqualify from being a company director anyone found guilty.

Emma Ryder, operations manager with Field Recruitment, based in Commercial Road, Swindon, said the new living wage was a welcome move, and the company was ensuring all candidates placed in roles would be paid at least the minimum.

“The new national living wage is the least that workers aged 25 and over can expect and we are working hard with all our clients to ensure that candidates are paid at this rate or above,” she said.

Employers who fail to pay staff at least the minimum wage face a penalty of 200 per cent of the arrears. This is halved if employers pay within 14 days. The overall maximum penalty of £20,000 per worker remains unchanged.

Minimum wage rates for people aged under 25 remain the same: £6.70 for 21 to 24-year-olds, £5.30 for 18 to 20-year-olds, £3.87 for under 18s and £3.30 for apprentices.

Pictured above: Emma Ryder, operations manager at Field Recruitment