You have to pay at least the national minimum wage to most of your workers, including temporary, part-time, casual and homeworkers, as well as those working for you via an agency and those working on a commission basis.
National minimum wage rates
There are four rates:
the main rate (also called the standard or adult rate) applies to all employees aged 21 or over unless they fall within one of the exceptions, or another rate applies
the development rate applies to all workers aged 18 to 20 inclusive
the third rate applies to 16 and 17-year-olds who are above compulsory school leaving age (but not apprentices)
the apprentice rate
In England & Wales, a person is above the compulsory school leaving age (and therefore becomes entitled to the minimum wage for 16 and 17 year-olds) after the last Friday in June of the school year in which their 16th birthday occurs.
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