National Minimum and Living Wage Rate increases from 1 April

Remember that pay rates increase on 1st April 2019 so it may be time to do an audit of ages of staff to ensure that you are paying the correct wages to staff.

The National Minimum Wage (NMW) is the minimum pay per hour that workers (other than apprentices) under the age of 25 are entitled to by law. The Government’s National Living Wage (NLW) is the minimum pay per hour most workers aged 25 and over are entitled to by law.

Current rates

£7.83 per hour for ages 25 and over.
£7.38 per hour for ages 21 to 24.
£5.90 per hour for ages 18 to 20.
£4.20 per hour for school leaving age to 17.
£3.70 per hour for apprentices.

New rates from 1st April 2019

£8.21 per hour for ages 25 and over.
£7.70 per hour for ages 21 to 24.
£6.15 per hour for ages 18 to 20.
£4.35 per hour for school leaving age to 17.
£3.90 per hour for apprentices.

If a worker receives above NMW there is no legal obligation on an employer to increase their pay when the NMW rate increases.

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