Minimum Wage

The national minimum wage rate is set to increase from 1 April 2021 in accordance with recommendations by the Low Pay Commission.

More younger people will be eligible for the national living wage this year, as the age threshold will be lowered to 23. Previously, only those aged 25 and over were entitled to the national living wage. This change also comes into effect on 1 April 2021.

The new hourly rates per age group will be:

  • 23+ (NLW): £8.91 +2.2% increase from £8.72
  • 21-22: £8.36 +2% increase from £8.20
  • 18-20: £6.56 +1.7% increase from £6.45
  • 16-17: £4.62 +1.5% increase from £4.15
  • Apprenticeship: £4.30 +3.6% increase from £4.15

Employers should ensure they are ready to comply with the increases before they come into effect.

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