website key info icon.png   Duration: Two consecutive half days
  Delivery: Virtual classroom
  CPD: 7 points
  Note: Training course starts at 9:30am 
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Please note: Materials for this course will be made available via an online platform, however a selection of these materials will need to be printed off and brought with you on the day. Login details for the online platform will be sent to you 10 days before the course start date. If you have any problems or questions, please email [email protected].


Why you should attend

Calculating correct National Minimum Wage (NMW) and National Living Wage (NLW) payments is a crucial field for organisations to get right, but the potentially complicated calculations as well as identifying those entitled make this an overly-difficult endeavour which is often underestimated.

This course begins with a detailed overview of NMW & NLW which includes the current rates payable. It then moves to identify who is eligible to be paid the minimum wage, then details the calculation steps and lists the payments to include and exclude from the calculations. Compliant record-keeping requirements and the compliance activities undertaken by HMRC and BEIS are also examined.

This comprehensive course concludes by highlighting the most common errors to avoid with NMW & NLW payments.

Payroll Administrators, Payroll Coordinators or Payroll Supervisors working in either a payroll bureau, accountancy firm or in-house payroll team who have minimum/living wage entitlement calculations as part of their remit.

Payroll Managers & HR Managers with responsibility for ensuring their organisations are compliant with minimum/living wage rates would equally benefit.

What you will learn

To provide you with the confidence to review current procedures and pay systems to ensure ongoing compliance with NMW/NLW regulations.

  • Identify workers that are eligible for the minimum wage
  • Identify which minimum wage rate applies to various categories of worker
  • Identify the pay and hours to include and to exclude
  • Calculate minimum wage pay for different types of work
  • Apply annual rate increases
  • Comply with record-keeping requirements
  • Correct an underpayment of the minimum wage
  • Avoid the most common minimum wage errors

Course content

1). Review of NMW/NLW.

-  Define the current NMW & NLW rates.

-  Defining the correct NMW category for individuals.

-  Summarising the Voluntary Living Wage and outlining the differences between this and NMW/NLW.

-  Explaining how to conduct an annual review of NMW & NLW rates. 


2). Classifying workers entitled to NMW/NLW.

-  Analysing the worker status factors & relevant case law.       

-  Summarising future worker status developments. 


3). Calculating NMW/NLW entitlement.

-  Defining the Pay Reference Period.   

-  Administering pay correctly against Pay Reference Period for NMW purposes.       

-  Outlining the steps for undertaking calculations to ensure compliance with NMW & NLW.


4). Summarising the wider implications of NMW/NLW payments.

-  Listing pay elements included and excluded for NMW/NLW pay purposes.   

-  Identifying the implications of salary sacrifice schemes for NMW/NLW pay.

-  Outlining the Living Accommodation offset.  

-  Summarising deductions from pay & work-related cost implications for NMW & NLW.     


5). Outlining the record-keeping requirements.

-  Highlighting the legislation governing NMW & NLW record requirements.

-  Explaining HMRC & worker rights to access NMW/NLW records.


6). Summarising NMW/NLW compliance activities.

-  Outlining the compliance steps undertaken by HMRC.   

-  Summarising the naming & shaming scheme undertaken by BEIS.    

-  Listing the common errors in calculating NMW & NLW payments.


7). Summarising other relevant worker entitlements.

-  Listing other contractual rights for workers.          

-  Highlighting employee rights not available to workers. 

-  Explaining the specific rights for agency workers.

Prior learning required

None essential.

However, it is preferential that delegates work in payroll in an administrative, supervisory or co-ordination role.

Continuing your learning

Creating a payroll procedures manual:
Ensuring compliance with Minimum Wage is an activity which should be undertaken regularly and thus should be incorporated into the payroll department’s procedural documentation.
This course covers the theory and practicalities that need to be considered when designing a procedures document that all payroll departments need to ensure all statutory and contractual obligations are managed efficiently and professionally.

Employment status and modern employment practices:
Minimum and Living Wage is a right for not only employees but also non-employed workers. Delegates who are unsure of the status of their workers would, therefore, benefit from this course. From identifying the various factors which determine employment status, this course moves to distinguish between various types of worker and employment intermediaries and who should be recorded through the payroll. 

Booking information

Terms and conditions apply and can be found here.

For more information please email [email protected] or call us on 0121 712 1063.

Closing date for bookings is two weeks prior to the course date.