National Minimum Wage and Living Wage Rates Set to Increase


The National Minimum Wage and Living Wage Rates are increasing from 5th April 2018.

The hourly rate for the minimum wage depends on your age and whether you’re an apprentice.

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 for workers aged 24 and under.

The rates are for the National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage. The rates change every April.

Year 25 and Over 21 to 24 18 to 20 Under 18 Apprentice

April 2017 £7.50 £7.05 £5.60 £4.05 £3.50

April 2018 £7.83 £7.38 £5.90 £4.20 £3.70

Apprentices

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

Example :

An apprentice aged 22 in the first year of their apprenticeship is entitled to a minimum hourly rate of £3.50

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

Example :

An apprentice aged 22 who has completed the first year of their apprenticeship is entitled to a minimum hourly rate of £7.05

You can use the minimum wage calculator to check whether the National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage is being paid.

Contact ACAS if you’re not getting the National Minimum Wage and think you should be.

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