National Minimum Wage Rates

Categories: Uncategorized

The hourly rate for the minimum wage depends on age and whether the individual is employed as an apprentice.  These rates change every April.


The employee must be of school leaving age to receive the national minimum wage, and aged 25 to get the national living wage.


Year 25 and over 21 to 24 18 to 20 Under 18 Apprentice
April 2018 (current rate) £7.83 £7.38 £5.90 £4.20 £3.70
April 2019 £8.21 £7.70 £6.15 £4.35 £3.90


SpiresHR Data Privacy Notice for Recruitment & Selection

Categories: Uncategorized

Your privacy is important to SpiresHR Limited. Before sending us your details please read this statement to make sure you are happy for the company to collect and process your data as part of its recruitment process.

Recruitment Data Privacy Statement

In order to operate the company’s recruitment process we will collect and store personal information you provide to us via the job vacancies page on the website, our online adverts or via recruitment agencies.  When you apply for a specified vacancy or send us your details on a speculative basis you will be providing certain information about yourself to the company.

What information do we hold and process?

  • Name, address and contact details including email address and telephone number(s).
  • Skills, experience and employment history with previous employers.

Why does the company collect and process this data?

For legitimate business interests when establishing suitability for the vacant role, and on a legal basis as not to discriminate against job applicants on the grounds of any protected characteristics.

We will always balance your right to privacy where we use your data for our own legitimate business interests.

Who has access to this data?

Throughout the recruitment and selection process your data will only be accessible to the managers and individuals involved in the recruitment for the specific vacancy.

The company may also share your data with third parties in order to:

  • Obtain pre-employment references from previous employers with your consent
  • Obtain employment background checks from third party providers

 How long does the organisation keep your data?

For unsuccessful applicants your contact details, CV and any interview notes will be held for a period of 12 months from the closure of the vacancy.  However, if the company would like to retain your details for future suitable vacancies, at the appropriate time the company will communicate and seek further consent from you to keep your details for a further period of time.

For successful applicants, all data gathered throughout the recruitment process will form part of your employment details and are covered by their own privacy notice.

How does the company protect your personal data?

The company takes the security of your data seriously.  There are internal policies and controls in place to try to ensure that your data is not lost, accidentally destroyed, misused or disclosed, and is not accessed except by its employees in the performance of their duties.

Where the company engages third parties to process personal data on its behalf, they do so on the basis of written instructions, are under a duty of confidentiality and are obliged to implement appropriate technical and organisational measures to ensure the security of the data.

Your rights:

You have the right to know what personal data we hold about you and to be provided with a copy and to have any inaccurate information corrected.  You may also have rights to restrict some of the processing we have described above or withdraw any consent you may have given us.  If you have any questions about this or would like to exercise your rights, please contact us at the through the details below.

If you have any questions about this Data Privacy Notice or your data or if you wish to complain, please contact Suzi Lewis – Director at or 01865 880391 who will deal with your request.

You are also able to complain to the Supervisory Authority whose details can be found here


New National Minimum Wage Rates 2014

Categories: Uncategorized

The National Minimum wage is to increase by 3% to £6.50 for adults and by 2% to £5.13 per hour for 18 to 20-year olds from 1st October 2014, the government has announced.



21 and over

18 to 20

Under 18


2014 (from 1 October)





2013 (current rate)





% increase






The under 18 rate will increase by 2% and the Apprentice rate increases by 2%.

*This rate is for apprentices under 19 or those in the first year of level 2 or 3 apprenticeships. All other apprentices are entitled to the National Minimum Wage for their age.

New National Minimum Wage rates

Categories: Uncategorized

The National Minimum wage is to increase by 12p an hour to £6.31 for adults and by 5p to £5.03 per hour for 18-to-20-year-olds from Tuesday 1st October 2013, the government has announced.


Year 21 and over 18 to 20 Under 18 Apprentice* 
2013 (from 1 October) £6.31 £5.03 £3.72 £2.68 
2012 (current rate) £6.19 £4.98 £3.68 £2.65 


The under 18 rate will increase by 4p per hour and the Apprentice rate increases by 3p per hour.

*This rate is for apprentices under 19 or those in their first year. If an Apprentice is 19 or over and past their first year they get the rate that applies to their age.

Are you ready for Real Time Information?

Categories: Uncategorized

Only one in five small businesses are prepared for the introduction of Real Time Information (RTI), which is being rolled out from this April, new figures have shown.
 The new Real Time Information requirements mean payroll information will need to be submitted to HMRC at the time payments are made. Employers will begin to operate their payroll in real time from 6 April 2013.

SpiresHR is appointed preferred HR partner for the Unipart Garage Club members

Categories: Uncategorized

I am delighted to announce that SpiresHR has been appointed the preferred HR partner for the Unipart Garage Club members.

Garage Club is one of the Customer Loyalty Programmes offered by Unipart Automotive along with the Unipart Car Care Centre Programme. SpiresHR was appointed a partner with the Unipart Car Care Programme in 2012 so adding Garage Club was the natural next step. We are looking forward to working with the Garage Club members.

Unpaid Parental Leave increases from 13 to 18 weeks

Categories: Uncategorized

Under the Parental Leave Directive, the parents of a child under the age of five will each have the right to take up to 18 weeks’ unpaid parental leave, an extension of five weeks from the current provisions. This change is effective from 8th March 2013. A new system for shared parental leave follows in 2015.

DBS checks will become portable (formerly CRB checks)

Categories: Uncategorized

Changes to Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks to make them portable between employers will be introduced in March 2013.

The DBS was created by the merger of the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) with the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) on 1st December 2012. As a result “CRB checks” are now called “DBS checks”.

DBS checks will be made available on-line so employers can check that no new information has been added since the original check was made. This means that a new staff member will no longer have to obtain a new CRB check each time they get a job.


Pensions auto enrolment

Categories: Uncategorized

Pensions auto enrolment begins for employers with PAYE-scheme sizes of 20,000 to 29,999 on 1 February 2013.

Increase to the compensatory award payable for Unfair Dismissal from 1 February 2013.

Categories: Uncategorized

The maximum statutory cap to the compensatory award payable for Unfair Dismissal claims will increase from the current cap of £72,300 to £74,200 with effect from 1 February 2013.

© Copyright - Limited. Company Number 7874043, Registered in England. - Website Design by: Ventutec
All Rights Reserved Terms & Conditions and Terms of Business Privacy Policy Disclaimer