Directors and the National Minimum Wage

I have just started my own company and my wife and I are the only directors. Do we need to pay ourselves the National Minimum Wage?

25th October 2012

Because you are a director, you are viewed as an "office holder" in the eyes of the law. Therefore, you are not entitled to receive the National Minimum Wage (NMW)- unless you provide your services to your company under contract.

On the assumption that your company has not issued you with an employment contract, the answer is no, the company is not required to pay you a minimum of the NMW.

If you would like to discuss this further or any other aspect of starting your own company, please feel free to contact your local TaxAssist Accountant.

By Jo Nockels

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