Bellerbys Economics - Mr Stephenson

Sunday, October 01, 2006

New Minimum Wage

The minimum wage for students over the age of 21 is now £5.35 and for younger students it is as follows:

The minimum rate for workers aged between 18 and 21 has increased by 20 pence to £4.45, while 16 to 17-year-olds will now receive £3.30, a rise of thirty pence.

No one is allowed to pay you less than this under any circumstances.

A student visa normally allows you to work for up to 20 hours in term time and full time during the holidays. However, I think we would probably advise you to do less than this. Working in the UK is useful for you in that it provides experience, helps you to meet people and helps you to develop your language, but it is very important that you do not allow it to damage your studies by occupying too much of your time.

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