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National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates

April 6, 2021
General News
Merton Chamber

National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates

From 1st April 2021 those over the age of 23 are eligible for the National Living Wage.

The National Minimum Wage applies to those from school leaving age to 22. The uplift will particularly benefit workers in sectors such as retail, hospitality and cleaning and maintenance.

In full, the increases from April 1 2021 are:

National Living Wage (23+) has increased 2.2%, from £8.72 to £8.91

National Minimum Wage (21-22) has increased 2%, from £8.20 to £8.36

National Minimum Wage (18-20) has increased 1.7% from £6.45 to £6.56

National Minimum Wage (under 18) has increased 1.5% from £4.55 to £4.62

Apprentice Rate has increased 3.6% from £4.15 to £4.30

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Apprentices

Apprentices are entitled to the apprentice rate if they’re either:

• aged under 19

• 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 £4.30.

Apprentices are entitled to the minimum wage for their age if they both:

• are aged 19 or over

• 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 £8.36.

You can use the minimum wage calculator to check whether the National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage is being paid.

Contact Acas if you’re not getting the National Minimum Wage and think you should be.