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 2017 are:

National Living Wage

The rate from 1 April 2017 for those aged 25 and over is £7.50 an hour


For the rates of earlier years back to 1999 go to the Low Pay Commission website.


The rates that will be in place from 1 April 2018 were announced in the Autumnal Budget 2017 (paragraph 5.9).

Last reviewed/updated 11 December 2017