The minimum wage in the UK is the lowest hourly rate employers are legally required to pay their employees. However, the rate varies depending on the employee's age, with different rates for those under 18, 18-20, 21-22, and over 23.
What is the National Minimum Wage Rate?
The National Living Wage (NLW) is a higher minimum wage rate for workers aged 23 and over. It was introduced in April 2016 to ensure that workers received a wage that would provide a decent standard of living. The NLW is currently £9.50 per hour. It will be £10.42 for the tax year ending in March 2024.
Are There Age Exceptions to The Minimum Wage?
Yes, there are age exceptions for certain workers. For example, employers must pay apprentices aged under 19 or those aged 19 or above an apprentice-level minimum wage rate in the first year of their apprenticeship. There are also different rates for accommodation as part of a job package and additional pay requirements depending on employees' working hours, industry and job title.
What Are The Different National Minimum Wage rates?
The current rates (April 2022 to March 2023) are as follows:
- Accommodation offset: £8.70
- Apprentice rate: £4.81
- Under 18: £4.81 per hour
- 18-20: £6.83 per hour
- 21-22: £9.18 per hour
- Over 23: £9.50 per hour
The rates for the year 2022-23 (April 2023 to March 2024) are as follows:
- Accommodation offset: £9.10
- Apprentice rate: £5.28
- Under 18: £5.28 per hour
- 18-20: £7.49 per hour
- 21-22: £10.18 per hour
- Over 23: £10.42 per hour