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The National Minimum Wage is the minimum pay per hour almost all workers are entitled to.
The National Living Wage is higher than the National Minimum Wage and is for workers over 25.
It’s a genuine job with training, meaning you can earn while you learn and gain the necessary skills and professional qualifications in your chosen career.
An apprentice will get the ‘apprentice rate’ if they are under 19 or over 19 and in the first year of the apprenticeship. An apprentice will get the National Minimum Wage if they are over 19 and have completed their first year of an apprenticeship.
Your NI number confirms that you’re eligible for work in the UK. You pay National Insurance contributions from your pay if you earn over £157 a week.
Your tax code is used by your employer or pension provider to work out how much Income Tax to take from your pay or pension.
A pension is a tax-efficient long-term savings plan which keeps the money coming in when you retire.
If you’re over 22 and earn more than £10,000 a year, new rules mean your employer should automatically sign you up for a workplace pension.
If you’re paying towards a workplace pension that your company has set up or arranged access to, the amount you’re contributing will be shown on your payslip.
|Year||25 and over||21 to 24||18 to 20||Under 18||Apprentice|
|April 2017 (current)||£7.50||£7.05||£5.60||£4.05||£3.50|
You can visit https://www.gov.uk/am-i-getting-minimum-wage, which will calculate the National Minimum Wage for you, depending on your age or whether you are an apprentice.
Depending on the company, wages are paid weekly, bi-monthly or monthly into your bank account. It is important to have a bank account set up prior to your job application, as these details will be requested, and this is how you will get paid.