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  • Waterside’s 2nd Birthday!

    Today, we are celebrating the second anniversary of Waterside Centre reopening.

    3 August 2023

  • Duck Race

    Our friends at the Rotary Club of Reading Abbey have asked us to share news of the charity fundraising event they’re running at The Oracle on Saturday 9 September.

    31 July 2023

  • Tilehurst Youth Club

    Thank you to youth worker Jessica for this update!

    31 July 2023

  • Waterside – July 2023

    Kelly told us: “The summer months bring a range of activity to Waterside Centre.

    31 July 2023

  • The Wayz – July 2023

    A real summer of fun at The Ways; the month started brilliantly with the Community Fun Day and Bracknell Together Walk.

    31 July 2023

  • Britwell – July 2023

    Britwell Youth and Community Project’s Summer Holiday Club is running from Monday 24 July– Friday 18 August (daily Monday – Friday), 11am – 3pm.

    31 July 2023

  • Updates from our Flagship Youth Clubs

    Please click on the links below for the latest updates from our flagship youth clubs in Slough, Bracknell and Newbury.

    31 July 2023

  • Youth Development and Community Engagement Update

    The school holidays are now upon us and our summer programmes are in full swing.

    31 July 2023

  • Training News

    Here are our upcoming training courses, including posters.

    31 July 2023

  • Staff Spotlight

    In the last update, we caught up with Abbas, who was celebrating his first year of working at Berkshire Youth.

    31 July 2023

Get Ready for the National Minimum Wage Rate Increase

27 February 2023

On 1 April 2023, the government will increase the National Living Wage (NLW) rate for workers aged 23 years and over by 9.7% to £10.42.

This 92p increase is the largest ever cash increase to the National Living Wage. Changes to the other National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates including % increases are below.

National Living Wage 2022 rate 2023 rate % Nominal increase Cash increase
23 Year old and over £9.50 £10.42 9.7% 92p
21 to 22 Year old £9.18 £10.18 10.9% £1
18 to 20 Year old £6.83 £7.49 9.7% 66p
Under 18 Years £4.81 £5.28 9.8% 47p
Apprentice £4.81 £5.28 9.8% 47p
Accommodation offset £8.70 £9.10 4.6% 40p

Paying the National Minimum Wage can be more complex than just paying your workers the correct rate. These are just a few of the risks and common causes of underpayment:

  • Deductions and payments for items or expenses that are connected with the job
  • Unpaid working time for example, team handovers between shifts or time spent passing through security checks on entry and exit
  • Incorrect use of apprenticeship rates for example, paying the minimum wage apprentice rate when the worker is not a genuine apprentice, or paying the minimum wage apprentice rate before a worker starts their apprenticeship, or after it ends

Further information and guidance is available on calculating the minimum wage.


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