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Results: 4 Answers
Labour and Employment
3.
Employment benefits
3.1
Is there a national minimum wage that must be adhered to?
 
UK
Yes. Most workers aged 16 or over are entitled to receive the national minimum wage. Workers aged 25 and over are entitled to the national living wage. The exact rate depends on the worker’s age and the rates change every April. The rates applicable from 1 April 2019 are as follows:

  • Workers aged 16 and 17 – £4.35 per hour;
  • workers aged 18 to 20 – £6.15 per hour;
  • workers aged 21 to 24 – £7.70 per hour; and
  • workers aged 25 and over – £8.21 per hour.

Many employers pay more than the national minimum wage and national living wage.

For more information about this answer please contact: Alex Lock from DAC Beachcroft LLP
3.2
Is there an entitlement to payment for overtime?
 
UK
There is no statutory right to payment for overtime in the United Kingdom. Employers must ensure that all overtime rates are set out in the employment contract. Employers often pay an enhanced rate for overtime, although they are not obliged to do so.

For more information about this answer please contact: Alex Lock from DAC Beachcroft LLP
3.3
Is there an entitlement to annual leave? If so, what is the minimum that employees are entitled to receive?
 
UK
Yes. Most workers have a right to a minimum of 5.6 weeks’ holiday (28 days for a full-time worker) and must be paid their normal remuneration during that time. Any additional contractual holiday will be set out in the terms and conditions of the employment contract.

For more information about this answer please contact: Alex Lock from DAC Beachcroft LLP
3.4
Is there a requirement to provide sick leave? If so, what is the minimum that employees are entitled to receive?
 
UK
Yes. Employees are entitled to statutory sick pay after four days’ consecutive leave, up to a maximum of 28 weeks. Statutory sick pay is paid by the employer. The statutory amount changes annually in April. The current rate (from April 2019) is £94.25 per week. Many employers offer enhanced sick pay.

For more information about this answer please contact: Alex Lock from DAC Beachcroft LLP
3.5
Is there a statutory retirement age? If so, what is it?
 
UK
No, the United Kingdom does not have a statutory retirement age; this was abolished in 2006.

For more information about this answer please contact: Alex Lock from DAC Beachcroft LLP