Minimum wage rates
|1 April 2013||1 April 2014|
|Minimum wage (per hour)||£6.53||£6.63|
|Trainee rate year 1 (per hour)||£4.90||£4.97|
|Trainee rate year 2 (per hour)||£5.71||£5.80|
|Maximum weekly offset against minimum wage for accommodation||£71.47||£72.54|
|Maximum weekly offset against minimum wage for accommodation & food||£95.29||£96.72|
|Maximum weekly offset against trainee rate for accommodation||£53.60||£54.41|
|Maximum weekly offset against trainee rate for accommodation & food||£71.47||£72.54|
Trainee rate minimum wage
Since 1 April 2013, an employer has been able to pay a trainee rate, for a maximum of two years, to employee who are undergoing approved training in a new job. (Before 1 April 2013, the trainee rate could be paid for a maximum of one year.)
- first year of training: £4.90 per hour may be paid for a total of one year, whilst the employee is undergoing approved training at any time within the first two years of a new job
- second year of training: £5.71 per hour may be paid where the employee has already undertaken approved training for a total of one year in a new job and while that employee continues to undergo approved training for up to one further year in that job, up to a maximum of two years
What is 'approved training'?
Training is 'approved training' if it is formal training that as been agreed in writing by both the employer and employee before employment starts, that has a defined structure and objectives that relate to the performance of the employee in their particular job and training outcomes are assessed and documented. More detail is provided in a JACS guide to approved training.
More information about trainee rates
Employers intending to pay the trainee rates should obtain more information from JACS.
Guidance about the minimum wage, trainee rate and the offsets for accommodation and food can be found on the JACS website.
The Employment Law and the Minimum Wage Regulations and Order are available on the Jersey Legal Information Board website.
Jersey Legal Information Board website
Reviewing the minimum wage
The Employment Forum reviews the minimum wage annually and recommends to the Minister for Social Security what minimum wage rate should apply from April of the following year.
* The Employment (Jersey) Law 2003 and the minimum wage Regulations and Order came into force on 1 July 2005. The legislation is available on the Jersey Legal Information Board website.
Youth minimum wage
Due to increasing unemployment, particularly among young people, the Minister directed the forum to review the impact of introducing a 'youth rate' that would be payable at an hourly rate lower than the minimum wage. In May 2012, the forum recommended that a lower minimum wage rate for young people should not be introduced and the Minister accepted that recommendation.
Download the forum's recommendation (size 69kb)
Download the Island Analysis research report (size 718kb)