National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage: Rates over the years
The government have now aligned the National Minimum Wage (NMW) and National Living Wage (NLW) uprating cycles so that both are reviewed and uprating applied on 1 April each year from 2017. Previously the NLW rate was changed in April and the NMW rate (and accommodation rate) was changed in October.
National Minimum Wage
NB - the rates are dependent upon age, with a special rate for apprentices.
The current rates from April 2021 are:
- 16-17 year olds - £4.62 an hour (7p increase)
- 18-20 year olds - £6.56 an hour (11p increase)
- Age 21 and over - £8.36 an hour (16p increase)
- Apprentice rate (for ages 16,17 or 18 and 19 and over in the first 12 months of their apprenticeship) - £4.30 an hour (15p increase).
- The accommodation offset - £8.36 (16p increase)
National Living Wage
The rate from 1 April 2021 is now for those aged 23and over is £8.91 an hour.
For the rates of earlier years go to the GOV.UK website.
Last reviewed/updated 24 May 2021