HMRC asks businesses to ensure summer staff are paid minimum wage rates

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HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has reminded businesses to ensure that students and seasonal staff are being paid the National Minimum Wage (NMW).

All workers are legally entitled to be paid the NMW, including the temporary seasonal staff, who often work short-term contracts in shops, bars, hotels and warehouses over the summer, the agency noted.

“We want to ensure that seasonal workers and students are being paid what they are entitled to and, as the economy reopens, help employers if they are unsure of the rules,” said Steve Timewell, director individuals and small business compliance at HMRC.

Employers can contact the Acas Helpline on 0300 123 1100 for free help and advice or visit GOV.UK to find out more.

The National Minimum Wage hourly rates are currently:

  • Age 23 or over (National Living Wage): £8.91
  • Age 21 to 22: £8.36
  • Age 18 to 20: £6.56
  • Age under 18: £4.62
  • Apprentice: £4.30