National Minimum Wage

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National minimum wage figures for UK employers from October 2009 to date. This data is updated whenever legislation changes. The hourly rate for the minimum wage depends on your age and whether you’re an apprentice.

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April 2017

From 1st April 2017 the new hourly rates are:

  • £7.50 – National Living Wage for workers aged 25 and over.
  • £7.05 – the main rate for workers aged 21-24
  • £5.60 – the 18-20 year olds  rate
  • £4.05 – the 16-17 year olds rate
  • £3.50 – the apprentice rate (for apprentices under 19, or 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship)

October 2016

From 1st October 2016 the new hourly rates are:

  • £7.20 – National Living Wage for workers aged 25 and over.
  • £6.95 – the main rate for workers aged 21-24
  • £5.55 – the 18-20 year olds  rate
  • £4.00 – the 16-17 year olds rate
  • £3.40 – the apprentice rate (for apprentices under 19, or 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship)

October 2015

From 1st October 2015 the new hourly rates are:

  • £7.20 – National Living Wage for workers aged 25 and over (new rate effective from 1st April 2016).
  • £6.70 – the main rate for workers aged 21 and over
  • £5.30 – the 18-20 year olds  rate
  • £3.87 – the 16-17 year olds rate
  • £3.30 – the apprentice rate (for apprentices under 19, or 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship)

October 2014

From 1st October 2014 the new hourly rates are:

  • £6.50 – the main rate for workers aged 21 and over
  • £5.13 – the 18-20 year olds  rate
  • £3.79 – the 16-17 year olds rate for workers above school leaving age but under 18
  • £2.73 – the apprentice rate (for apprentices under 19 or 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship)

October 2013

From 1st October 2013 the new hourly rates are:

  • £6.31 – the main rate for workers aged 21 and over
  • £5.03 – the 18-20 year olds  rate
  • £3.72 – the 16-17 year olds rate for workers above school leaving age but under 18
  • £2.68 – the apprentice rate (for apprentices under 19 or 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship)

October 2012

The national minimum wage increases from 1st October 2012.

  • £6.19 – the main rate for workers aged 21 and over
  • £4.98 – the 18-20 rate
  • £3.68 – the 16-17 rate for workers above school leaving age but under 18
  • £2.65 – the apprentice rate, for apprentices under 19 or 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship

October 2011

From October 1st 2011. You must ensure that you pay the appropriate minimum wage to all groups of staff. The new rates are shown below:

  • £6.08 for workers aged age 21 and over
  • £4.98 for workers aged 18 years to 20 years
  • £3.68 for workers aged 16 and 17 year olds
  • £2.20 for an apprentice aged 18 or under
  • £2.20 for an apprentice aged 19 or over in the first year of their apprenticeship

October 2010

From October 1st 2010. You must ensure that you pay the appropriate minimum wage to all groups of staff. The new rates are shown below:
· £5.93 for workers aged age
· £4.92 for workers aged 18 years to 20 years
· £3.64 for workers aged 16 and 17 year olds

Please note that the adult minimum wage will also apply to 21 October 2010.

Where you have workers under the age of 21 you should put a me place to ensure you increase their wages at the appropriate date where their birthday falls after the implementation date in October.

Remember if you are in a service industry where tips, gratuities and service or cover charges are the norm minimum wage.

You should also note that the minimum wage for an apprentice will be £2.50 per hour. The new rate will apply to all apprentices under 19 and for the first year of the apprenticeship where the worker is aged 19 or 0ver.

October 2009

The current rate (effective from 1st October 2009) are:
• £5.80 for workers aged 22 years and over
• £4.83 for workers aged 18 to 21 years
• £3.57 for workers aged 16 to 17 years

The national minimum wage is the total pay received by the worker deductions e.g. tax and national insurance contributions.

From 1st October 2009 tips, gratuities, service charges and cover charges do not count towards the national minimum wage, irrespective of how they are paid.

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