National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage Increase

The National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates are increasing on 1st April. The age of eligibility for the Living Wage has also decreased, so all workers 23 or over will need to be paid the National Living Wage from 1st April.

The minimum wage hourly rate will depend on your age and whether you are an apprentice.

Current rates

The current rates are below, these show the National Living Wage (for those aged 25 and over) and the National Minimum Wage (for those of at least school leaving age).

  • 25 and over - £8.72
  • 21 to 24 - £8.20
  • 18 to 20 - £6.45
  • Under 18 - £4.55
  • Apprentice - £4.15

Apprentices

To be entitled to the apprentice rate, an apprentice must be aged under 19 or aged 19 and over and in the first year of their apprenticeship.

New Rates from 1st April 2021

From 1st April 2021, the rates are going up for both the National Living Wage (for those aged 23 and over) and the National Minimum Wage (for those of at least school leaving age).

  • 23 and over - £8.91
  • 21 to 22 - £8.36
  • 18 to 20 - £6.56
  • Under 18 - £4.62
  • Apprentice - £4.30

If you want to know more about the minimum wage and who is entitled? See the GOV.UK website for more information.

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