Wages in the United Kingdom

Workers and employees, and only them, are entitled to receive at least the amount corresponding to the National Minimum Wage that is defined by the Government and revised annually by the Low Pay Commission (a tripartite commission that includes trade unions and employers).

There are different scales for the National Wage, namely:

  • For those between the ages of 16 and 17,

  • For those between the ages of 18 and 20

  • For those who are 21 years of age or more and apprentices.

You can access the Minimum Wage at:


Attention! If you think you are being paid below the National Minimum Wage or you need information on the amount of such minimum wage, consult Section 6 of this Guidebook where you will find information on:

  • National Minimum Wage Calculator

  • Information on support contacts

Don’t forget!

  • Employees are entitled to a receipt whenever they are paid. The payment receipt must state what was paid, the deductions made (for example, taxes, national insurance and union fees) and the net wage (after tax).

  • Every year, employers must give employees a P60 certificate that shows the gross payment made to the employee that year, the net wage and total deductions made on the employer’s payment in the preceding year.