As a rule, National Minimum Wage rates change every October in the United Kingdom. Whereas, the rate for the National Living Wage changes in April.
The information in this guide lists the current rates of pay that employers need to pay their staff and workers in the United Kingdom.
As a rule, the lowest hourly pay rate (e.g. minimum wage) that employers must pay their workers increases every year.
The main aim of increasing the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates is to provide an annual boost to the standard of living.
Even so, the actual hourly rate that you may get depends on your age and whether you are working as an apprentice.
Note: The rates for the National Minimum Wage 2021/22 are also available in Welsh language (Cyfraddau'r Isafswm Cyflog Cenedlaethol a’r Cyflog Byw Cenedlaethol).
To qualify for the most current increase in hourly pay you must be at least:
You must be at least 23 years old to qualify for the National Living Wage. From the age of sixteen (16) you will have entitlement to the National Minimum Wage.
|Year||Age 23 (and over)||Age 21 -22||Age 18 - 20||Under 18||Apprentice|
Note: A change in the law means seafarers will start receiving pay protection equal to every other sector from the 1st of October 2020.
National Minimum Wage rates and pay scales did not exist for apprentices before 2010. They calculated the age groups using a different system back then.
Apprentices are now entitled to the apprentice wage rate for their age unless they are:
Note: An apprentice would get the minimum wage for their age if they are 19 or older and have completed the first year of their apprenticeship. The apprenticeships guide has further details on the rights for apprentices.
|Year||Age 25 (and over)||Age 21 -24||Age 18 - 20||Under 18||Apprentice|
|April 2020 to March 2021||£8.72||£8.20||£6.45||£4.55||£4.15|
|April 2019 to March 2020||£8.21||£7.70||£6.15||£4.35||£3.90|
|April 2018 to March 2019||£7.83||£7.38||£5.90||£4.20||£3.70|
|April 2017 to March 2018||£7.50||£7.05||£5.60||£4.05||£3.50|
National Minimum Wage Rates 2021 to 2022 in United Kingdom