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National living wage increase

National minimum wage

A 4.9% Increase in the National Living Wage

The national living wage, the statutory national minimum wage for those aged 25 and over, has increased by 4.9% rising from £7.83 an hour to £8.21.

Workers must be at least school leaving age (last Friday in June of the school year they turn 16) to get the National Minimum Wage. They must be 25 or over to get the National Living Wage.

Contracts for payments below the minimum wage are not legally binding. The worker is still entitled to the National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage.

Workers are also entitled to the correct minimum wage if they’re:

  • part-time
  • casual labourers, for example someone hired for one day
  • agency workers
  • workers and homeworkers paid by the number of items they make
  • apprentices
  • trainees, workers on probation
  • disabled workers
  • agricultural workers
  • foreign workers
  • seafarers
  • offshore workers


Apprentices are entitled to the apprentice rate if they’re either:

  • under 19
  • 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship

Apprentices over 19 who have completed the first year of their apprenticeship are entitled to the correct minimum wage for their age.

National Living & National Minimum Wage

From 1 April 2019 hourly rates are to become:-

Workers aged 25 and over:  £8.21

Workers aged 21-24:  £7.70

Workers aged 18-20:  £6.15

Workers aged 16-17:  £4.35

Apprentices under 19 or over 19 and in 1st year of apprenticeship:  £3.90

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