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Under Guernsey Law workers are entitled to be paid a minimum wage.

Increase in Minimum Wage Rates - Effective From 1 January 2017

Following the acceptance by the States (at the November 2016 States' meeting) of proposals for new statutory minimum wages rates, the following rates apply from 1st January 2017 until further notice.

Adult Rate (for those aged 18 and over) £7.20 per hour

Young Persons' Rate (16 and 17 years old) £6.50 per hour

The statutory maximum figure which can be 'offset' for Accommodation, or Accommodation and Food provided by an employer has also been increased.The 'offsets' allow a notional amount to count towards minimum wage pay. An employer may agree an amount that is above or below the 'offset' rate, however, if this in excess of the 'offset' rates this will reduce the pay for the purpose of the minimum wage calculation.

Where Accommodation only is provided £66 per week (£64)

Where Accommodation and Food is provided £95 per week (£92)

Employers are advised to make any required changes to payroll systems to ensure compliance from the effective date of 1 January 2017.

The Minimum Wage is the minimum pay per hour almost all workers are entitled to by law. A young person's rate is available to 16 and 17 year olds (except apprentices under 18) but all workers (including apprentices) aged 18 and over qualify for the Adult Rate.

The rules do not differ for different size businesses or if the worker is working for a private individual.

Further information regarding the minimum wage can be found in the statutory minimum wage document which you can download from this page.

Employees and Employers should note the changes to the Minimum Wage Rates with effect from 1 January 2017.

The rates for 2015/16 and 2017 are detailed below:

Year 2015/16    2017
Adult (18 years and over) minimum wage rate per hour​​£6.85£7.20
Young (16 and 17 years old) person's minimum wage rate per hour£6.10 £6.50
Maximum weekly offset for accommodation only£64.00 £66.00
Maximum weekly offset for accommodation & food£92.00 £95.00



Statutory Minimum Wage (2017) Employment of Young People Employment Rights

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