The government sets a minimum amount that anyone employed as an employee or worker must get paid on average for the hours they work. This is called the National Minimum Wage (NMW) or the National Living Wage (NLW) for those aged 25 or over.
The hourly rate for the minimum wage depends on the age of the worker and whether they are an apprentice. Minimum wage rates are reviewed annually. They usually change in April if there’s an increase.
|Wage band||Current rate from 1 April 2020||Previous rate (April 2019 to March 2020)|
|Workers aged 25 years and over||£8.72||£8.21|
|Workers aged 21 to 24 years||£8.20||£7.70|
|Workers aged 18 – 20 years||£6.45||£6.15|
|Workers aged under 18 years||£4.55||£4.35|
Apprentices are entitled to the apprentice rate if they are either aged under 19 years or 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 £4.15.
Apprentices are entitled to the minimum wage for their age if they are both aged 19 or over and 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 £8.20.
Visit www.gov.uk for more information about the National Minimum Wage.
Last updated: 23rd October 2020