Hairdressing and Beauty Industry National Minimum Wage 2016.
- The rate for employees aged 25+ is £7.20 per hour commencing 1st April 2016
- The rate for employees aged 21 to 24 is £6.95 per hour
- The rate for employees aged 18-20 is £5.55 per hour
- The rate for employees aged 16-17 is £4.00 per hour
- The rate for apprentices is £3.40 per hour
The NEW “National Living Wage” for all employees in any industry aged 25 and over will increase the hourly rate to £7.20 per hour commencing April 2016.
THE INFORMATION BELOW IS NOW OBSOLETE BUT HAS BEEN LEFT IN PLACE FOR CONTEXTUAL PURPOSES. Read the story if you wish but bear in mind that the information below this point regarding minimum wage is out of date.
On November the third 2012 I spent twenty minutes on the telephone talking to a distraught young hairdresser asking for my advice. She was 20 years old, and had has completed her level 3 and was trusted to work un-attended with clients.
The hairdresser was working 38 hours per week and was being paid £2.50 per hour. Back then this a blatant disregard for the law (and decency) by her employer. This hairdressers employer was in breach of the law and I found it difficult to believe that a seasoned business owner was unaware of the most basic employer responsibility which is to pay a fair and legal wage to their employees. All employers have a duty of care for the well-being of their staff, don’t they ?
Minimum wage for a salon apprentice aged 16 to 19 WAS £2.68 per hour back then
All of our members and clients are aware of the law regarding the minimum wage for salon employees and they abide by the law (and their duty of care) to their salon employees. However judging by the number of comments on our blog and telephone calls we receive from hairdressers and other salon staff who feel that they are being underpaid, there is quite a large proportion of salon owners who do not.
The Details Below are now obsolete but I have left the in place for accurate context.
Please see the minimum wage scale below for details of minimum wage for salon employees and also see the scales for previous years. Notice that the minimum wage has increase slightly every year since 2005.
The law comes down hard on salon owners who underpay their salon employees.