Welcome to the NHBF's business FAQ page

As experts for the salon, beauty and barbershop industry, this page aims to save you valuable time and provide you with all the answers you seek to help run a business.  As the trusted voice for our Members, the NHBF membership team frequently receives enquiries, and this collection of FAQs aims to address them all in one convenient place.

Whether you're a new member exploring our services or a longstanding supporter seeking clarification, our FAQ page is here to empower you with clear, concise, and accurate information.

What is the current National Minimum Wage (NMW)?

The current National Minimum Wage varies depending on age and employment status. Wages range from £6.40 - £11.44. For Members only: Please refer to our National Minimum Wage Guide for the most up-to-date rates.

What is Statutory Maternity Pay and Leave?

Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) and Leave provide eligible employees with time off and financial support during and after pregnancy. SMP is paid for up to 39 weeks. 90% of your average weekly earnings (before tax) for the first six weeks. £184.03 or 90% of your average weekly earnings (whichever is lower) for the next 33 weeks. For Members only:  Find more information in our detailed guides here Expectant Mothers Risk assessment & the Pregnancy & Parenting Guide.

Where can I find further information on sickness and absence, including pay and procedures?

The weekly rate for Statutory Sick Pay is £109.40 for up to 28 weeks. For detailed information on sickness and absence policies, including pay and procedures, click here for our Absence Management guide.

Where can I find information on First Aid procedures for my salon?

Employers are responsible for ensuring that employees receive immediate attention if they are ill or injured at work. Accidents and illnesses can happen anytime, and first aid can save lives and prevent minor injuries from becoming major ones. To learn more about First Aid training and procedures, see our Health & Safety toolkits (For Members only) or visit the government's Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website.

How can I learn more about Risk Assessments in my salon?

As an employer, you are required by law to protect your employees, and others, from harm. For comprehensive guidance on conducting Risk Assessments, visit the HSE website or download our Health & Safety toolkits (For Members only).

What happens after an apprentice passes or fails their End Point Assessment (EPA)?

The outcome of an apprentice's End Point Assessment (EPA) determines their success in achieving the apprenticeship. If an apprentice passes the EPA, they may receive their apprenticeship certificate. If they fail, they might be given an opportunity to reattempt the assessment or receive additional support. We can offer you support and advice on this whenever you need it. Find out more here.

How many hours can a young person work, and what are their entitlements for breaks and pay?

The number of hours a young person can work and their entitlements for breaks and pay depend on their age. You can find detailed information in our in-depth Employing Children & Young People fact sheets.