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National Living Wage Rates 2022

The National Living Wage is an obligatory amount based on the real cost of living. The NLW minimum hourly rate is payable to workers from the age of 23 and above in the United Kingdom.

We update this section whenever the chancellor announces changes to the National Living Wage for people aged 23 and older as well as the London Living Wage 2022.

What is the Living Wage UK 2022 to 2023?

People residing and working in the nation's capital get hourly pay increases via the London Living Wage.

As a result, the increase in the new National Living Wage has become a key government objective.

They want to move workers in the United Kingdom away from a low wage bracket and away from a high welfare society.

They also want to see a society which gets higher wages and pays lower amounts of tax. Doing so should reduce the population's dependency on welfare through the UK benefits and welfare system.

The introduction of the current National Living Wage has one main aim. It helps to ensure that enterprise pays 'appropriately' for its workforce and reduces the need for state top ups to workers' wages.

It got established through a significant amendment to the National Minimum Wage Regulations of 2015. Thus, a change in rules ensures that salary rates for workers aged under 23 also apply to those workers entitled to the National Living Wage.

In fact, the British Government is boasting figures showing record employment. It also combines with the highest gross domestic product (GDP) growth in monetary value, in all the G7 countries.

The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) has also pledged to add over one million more jobs to the economy in coming years around the United Kingdom.

Note: The main section contains more information about the UK Pay As You Earn (PAYE) system as a method of paying National Insurance contributions and Income Tax.

National Living Wage Amount 2022

The government launched a new mandatory National Living Wage (NLW) in April. The hourly pay increase is only for workers aged 23 years and above.

The National Living Wage and London Living Wage Rates 2022The current rates of £9.50 per hour will start in April 2022. That's an improvement of 6.6% (59 pence) when you compare it to the previous National Minimum Wage rate.

In real money terms, a full-time worker who is currently receiving the NMW should see a significant increase per annum in earnings (since the original introduction of the NMW in 2016).

Note: Workers aged from 21 to 22 years will continue to get the adult National Minimum Wage which rises to £9.18 per hour.

National Living Wage rates appertain to workers' pay. It gets allocated on a monthly reference period beginning from the 1st of April 2022.

As a result, pay reference periods beginning or ending either side of April the 1st will need some adjustments. It means employers need to ensure the correct pay rate for the relevant period.

Low Pay Commission

July 2015 saw the government publish its Low Pay Commission (LPC) remit. The result was a further move to recommend and stabilize the path for the national living wage for the next few years. The target is for wages to reach 66% of median earnings by the year 2022.

The Low Pay Commission continues to provide its results and recommendations for workers who are receiving the National Minimum Wage rates.

What is the London Living Wage 2022?

Not everyone agrees. But, most people consider working as an overriding pathway out of poverty. That said, an increasing number of poorer households in London actually include a person who is in employment.

In fact, data suggests that the number of low-paid jobs increased for the fifth consecutive year in the capital city. In actuality, more than 20% of people who live in the borough are considered as being low-paid or paid below the London Living Wage.

Important differences exist between a relatively higher minimum wage and the country's voluntary Living Wage pay rate (calculated independently).

The Chancellor's 'National Living Wage'

The London Living Wage London

National Living Wage Rates and London Living Wage in United Kingdom