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As an employee you have the right, each time you are paid, to receive a written statement which specifies your gross amount of wages or salary, the amounts of any fixed or variable deductions and the net amount of wages or part in cash and the balance to a bank account, then the amount and method of payment of each part-payment must be specified.

All workers have the right not to have unlawful deductions made from their wages.

Deductions may normally only be made when they are either:

• required by law (e.g. Income Tax or National Insurance);

• authorised by the worker’s contract; or

• agreed in advance by the worker in writing.

Minimum Wage

There are three levels of minimum wage, and the rates from 1 October 2010 are:

  • • £5.93 per hour for workers aged 21 years and older
  • • a development rate of £4.92 per hour for workers aged 18-20 inclusive
  • • £3.64 per hour for all workers under the age of 18, who are no longer of compulsory school age

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