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Rates for Minimum and Living Wage

As a general rule, the National Minimum Wage rates change every October in the United Kingdom, whereas the rate for the National Living Wage changes in April.

Minimum Hourly Pay Rates: The lowest hourly pay allowed for workers increases most years and is meant to provide an annual boost to their standard of living.

Nevertheless, the actual hourly rate that you may get depends on your age and whether you are working as an apprentice.

Note: There is also a version of the National Minimum Wage rates available in Welsh language (Cymraeg).

To get the increase in pay you must be at least:

Rates for Apprentices

There were no National Minimum Wage rates for apprentices before 2010 and the age groups were calculated differently back then.

Apprentices are now entitled to the minimum wage for their age unless they are:

UK Current Wage Rates 2017/18

Generally, you must be 25 years or older to be eligible for the National Living Wage and at least sixteen year old to to be entitled to receive the National Minimum Wage.

There is also an online minimum wage calculator which allows workers and employers to check whether the National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage is being paid correctly or you can contact ACAS for further assistance.

Year Age 25 (and over) Age 21 -24 Age 18 - 20 Under 18 Apprentice
1st of April 2017 £7.50 £7.05 £5.60 £4.05 £3.50
2016 (from October) £7.20 £6.95 £5.55 £4.00 £3.40
2016 (previous rate from April) £7.20 £6.70 £5.30 £3.87 £3.30
2015 (former rate) £6.70 £5.30 £4.92 £3.87 £3.30

Statutory National Minimum Wage Rates in the United Kingdom