National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage

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National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage

The UK has both a National Minimum Wage and a National Living Wage, which rate applies will depend on the circumstances of the employee.

Employees must be at least school leaving age to qualify for the National Minimum Wage.

Rates effective April 2022
  National Living Wage     £9.50 per hour
  21-22 Year Old Rate     £9.18 per hour
  18-20 Year Old Rate     £6.83 per hour
  16-17 Year Old Rate     £4.81 per hour

 

Apprentice Rate
Apprentice:  £4.81 per hour
Apprentices are entitled to the apprentice rate if they are either aged under 19, or aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship.
Apprentices are entitled to the minimum wage for their age if they both are aged 19 or over and have completed the first year of their apprenticeship.

 

Real Living Wage

There is also a voluntary scheme called the ”Real Living Wage” which is set by The Living Wage Foundation / Citizens UK at different rates to those required by the government. Details at: www.livingwage.org.uk/what-real-living-wage
For clarity, the "National Living Wage" is a legal requirement, the "Real Living Wage" is a voluntary scheme that some employers opt to use.

 

Further information:

ACAS: Entitlement to Minimum Wage / Living Wage
Gov.UK: Minimum Wage / Living Wage rates