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Real living wage increase takes effect   The real living wage rate has increased by 20p per hour to £8.45 an hour (£9.75 in London), which is higher than the UK-wide official National Living Wage for those over 25, currently set at £7.20, while those under 25 must be paid the national minimum wage (NMW). The Living Wage is independently-calculated…
NMW increases take effect New rates for the National Minimum Wage (NMW) took effect from 1 October 2016, and employers must ensure that they implement them accordingly. The rates are as follows: 25 and over - £7.20 per hour; 21- to 24-year-olds - £6.95 an hour; 18- to 20-year-olds - £5.55 an hour; 16- to 17-year-olds £4.00 an hour; and…
Casual Employees Some employers will be considering taking on extra staff on a 'casual' basis to cover the summer period. There are a few issues which employers should think about when taking on people on a temporary basis. Firstly, the employment status of the worker needs to be carefully considered. The term 'casual worker' is not precisely defined in statute.…
National minimum wage increases announced Following recommendations made by the Low Pay commission, the government has announced increases in the national minimum wage (NMW), which will take effect from October 2016. The new rates will be as follows: The rate for 21- to 24-year-olds will rise by 3.7% to £6.95 an hour. The rate for 18- to 20-year-olds will rise…
Changes to NICs for the Self-employed From 2015-16 onwards, the collection of Class 2 contributions will be through the self-assessment system. This means that Class 2 NICs can now be paid together with income tax and Class 4 NICs in one chunk on the 31 January following the end of the relevant tax year. In the past, most people have…
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