09 April 2024

The new rates of National Minimum Wage (NMW) for 2024 come into effect for pay reference periods starting on or after 1 April, as per the National Minimum Wage regulations 2015, regulation 4(2)

"(2) The single hourly rate of the national minimum wage at which a worker is entitled to be remunerated as respects work, in a pay reference period, is the rate which applies to the worker on the first day of that period."

In practice, this means that some workers may not receive the new NMW rates from the 1 April.

An example of this would be a weekly payroll, where the pay reference period runs from a Saturday – Friday. For the period that runs from:

  • Saturday 30 March – Friday 5 April; the new NMW would not be payable
  • Saturday 6 April – Friday 12 April; the new NMW would be payable.

Please note that employers can always go over and above the regulations if they so wish, so the new rates can be paid from the 1 April.

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