National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage: The increase from April 1st


It's that time of the year again, where the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates increase. The rates change every April.


You must be at least:

- School leaving age to get the National Minimum Wage

- Aged 25 to get the National Living Wage ( the minimum wage will still apply to workers aged 24 and under)


Apprentices are entitled to the apprentice rate if they're either:

- Aged under 19

- Aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship


Apprentices are entitled to the minimum wage for their age if they both:

- Are aged 19 or over

- Have completed the first year of their apprenticeship


So what are the rates now and what will they be changing to?

25 and over rate is currently £7.50. This will be changing to £7.83

21 - 24 rate is currently £7.05. This will be changing to £7.38

18 - 20 rate is currently £5.60. This will be changing to £5.90

Under 18 rate is currently £4.05. This will be changing to £4.20

Apprentice rate is currently £3.50. This will be changing to £3.70


Which workers do not quality for the National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage?

- Those who are self-employed, voluntary workers, company directors and family members who live in the home of the employer.

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