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 2018 are:
- 16-17 year olds - £4.20 an hour (15p increase)
- 18-20 year olds - £5.90 an hour (30p increase)
- Age 21 and over - £7.38 an hour (33p increase)
- Apprentice rate (for ages 16,17 or 18 and 19 and over in the first 12 months of their apprenticeship) - £3.70 an hour (20p increase).
- The accommodation offset - £7.00 (60p increase)
National Living Wage
The rate from 1 April 2018 for those aged 25 and over is £7.83 an hour
For the rates of earlier years back to 1999 go to the Low Pay Commission website.
Last reviewed/updated 10 April 2018