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National Minimum Wage Rise

On 1 April 2019 the average grooms’ salary will increase by up to £988 per year as the National Minimum Wage (NMW) increases.

Based on an employee working 50 hours a week and being paid the NMW, new rates mean that those aged 21-24 will receive an extra £832 per year (£69.33 per month) and those over 25 years will receive an additional £988 per year (£82.33 per month).

A new survey conducted by the British Grooms Association showed an ‘improvement’ in compliance, with 67% reporting they are on, or paid above the current National Minimum Wage. Yet 41% of these are working extra hours and not paid overtime or having time off in lieu, questioning if they are actually compliant after all!

Worryingly, only 53% reported having received a written statement of terms of employment (contract), with just 57% receiving payslips; both are basic employment rights that are continuing to be ignored by some equestrian employers.

Lucy Katan, Chief Executive said, “The increase in NMW is now adding to the challenges of running an equestrian business. Something has to change, and it will not be the NMW, that is the law.

“A recent poll revealed that only a third of equestrian employers had increased their prices of livery or coaching in the last 18 months.

“While it is important for businesses to remain competitive it is imperative that staff are employed within the law otherwise employers are risking themselves and their business” added Lucy.

As of April 1 2019, the National Minimum Wage will increase to:
25 and over - £8.21
21-24 years - £7.70
18-20 years - £6.15
Under 18 - £4.35
Apprentice rate - £3.90

 

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