Employers must take steps to ensure they meet new hourly minimum wage requirements, HR Team Managing Partner Breda Cullen has said.

The hourly minimum wage in Northern Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales has been increased by 20p to £6.70 as of Thursday, October 1.

THE NATIONAL LIVING WAGE

The new rate is a step towards the planned implementation of the national living wage of £7.20 per hour for those aged 25 and over from April 2016.

FOR THOSE 18-20

For those aged 18-20 the minimum hourly rate has been increased by 17p to £5.30 while for those aged under 18 the rate has increased by 8p to £3.87 with the apprenticeship rate rising to £3.30.

HR Team’s Managing Partner, Breda Cullen, said employers must implement the relevent changes in their payroll departments. “It’s important that employers are aware of the increase in the minimum wage. We would urge all employers to take the appropriate steps in adjusting the salaries and wages of employees to ensure that they remain compliant with employment legislation and avoid risk.”