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The new National Minimum Wage (“NMW”) increase came into force on 1 October 2015

Although the church the Church of England is committed to moving to paying the Living Wage and hopes to be at that point within the next two years parishes are reminded that until then there is a legal requirement to pay the National Minimum Wage (“NMW”). Failure to pay the correct rate could result in a fine of £20,000 per employee for underpaying the NMW.

The new rates from 1st October are as follows:

a)    The standard (adult) rate (workers aged 21 and over) will rise to £6.70 per hour.

b)    The development rate (workers aged between 18 and 20) will rise to £5.30 per hour.

c)    The young workers rate (workers aged under 18 but above school leaving age who are not apprentices) will rise to £3.87 per hour.

d)    The rate for certain apprentices (those under 19 years of age or those aged 19 and over but in the first year of their apprenticeship) will rise to £3.30 per hour.

More information about the Living Wage can be found at



1.       PCC’s should ensure they pay the NMW at the correct rate to all employees entitled to it.

2.       PCC’s should check with their treasurer or payroll administrator to ensure all employees’ are receiving the NMW or above.