Employers taking on young people to work over the summer holidays could be caught out by the age discrimination rules if they pay more than the minimum wage, a law firm has warned.

Employers are allowed to pay workers under 22 less than other staff without having to justify their decision, but only if the younger workers are paid less than the adult minimum wage rate of £5.35 an hour, according to Wedlake Bell.

Business could be accused of age discrimination if they pay younger staff more than the adult minimum wage rate but less than the businesses' older workers.

David Israel, employment partner at Wedlake Bell, said: "Most employers will prefer the norisk option. And thus the government really needs to look again at these anomalous and unnecessarily complicated rules if young people are not to lose out and businesses are not to be put at risk of accidental discrimination."