National Minimum Wage

The National Minimum Wage rate per hour depends on your age and whether you’re an apprentice – you must be at least school leaving age to get it.

Current Rates

These rates are for the National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage from the 1st October 2016.

Year 25 and over 21 to 24 18 to 20 Under 18 Apprentice*
April 2017 (current rate) £7.50 £7.05 £5.60 £4.05 £3.50

 

Previous Rates

The following rates were for the National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage from April to October 2016.

Year 25 and over 21 to 24 18 to 20 Under 18 Apprentice*
October 2016 £7.20 £6.95 £5.55 £4.00 £3.40

 

Rates before April 2016

The following rates were for the National Minimum Wage before the National Living Wage was introduced. The rates were usually updated every October.

Year 21 and over 18 to 20 Under 18 Apprentice*
2015 £6.70 £5.30 £3.89 £3.30
2014 £6.50 £5.13 £3.79 £2.73
2013 £6.31 £5.03 £3.72 £2.68
2012 £6.19 £4.98 £3.68 £2.65
2011 £6.08 £4.98 £3.68 £2.60
2010 £5.93 £4.92 £3.64 £2.50

 

*This rate is for apprentices aged 16 to 18 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year. All other apprentices are entitled to the National Minimum Wage for their age.

The National Minimum Wage rates are usually updated every October, so the current rates apply from October 2014.

Year 22 and over 18 to 21 Under 18
2009 £5.80 £4.83 £3.57
2008 £5.73 £4.77 £3.53
2007 £5.52 £4.60 £3.40
2006 £5.35 £4.45 £3.30
2005 £5.05 £4.25 £3.05

 

The Living Wage

Recommended ‘Living Wage’ Levels for 2014:

  • London £8.80 per hour
  • UK £7.65 per hour

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