The hourly rate for the minimum wage depends on your age and whether you’re an apprentice.

You must be at least:

  • School leaving age to get the National Minimum Wage
  • Aged 25 or over to get the National Living Wage – the minimum wage will still apply for workers aged 24 and under

The rates for the National Minimum Wage and the National Living Wage change every April. From April 2019, the National Apprenticeship wage will also rise from £3.70 to £3.90 per hour, as will The National Living Wage for Workers over 25 from £7.83 to £8.21.


Full list of new rates (per hour)

Previously £3.70 to £3.90

Under 18 employees
Previously £4.20 to £4.35

18 to 20 employees
Previously £5.90 to £6.15

21 to 24 employees
Previously £7.38 to £7.70

25 and over employees
Previously £7.83 to £8.21

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