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.

These rates are for the National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage. The rates change every April.

Rate from

April 2021

National Living Wage

£8.91

21-22 Year Old Rate

£8.36

18-20 Year Old Rate

£6.56

16-17 Year Old Rate

£4.62

Apprentice Rate
Apprentice:  £4.30 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