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National Minimum Wage

The National Minimum Wage rate scale confirms the minimum hourly rates that a worker is entitled to be paid in the United Kingdom.

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The National Minimum Wage rate scale confirms the minimum hourly rates that a worker is entitled to be paid in the United Kingdom.

Rates are reviewed annually by the government and are advised by an independent body, the Low Pay Commission (LPC).

All 2019 Rates

  • 25 years old and over - £8.21 per hour
  • 21 to 24 years old - £7.70 per hour
  • 18 to 20 years old - £6.15 per hour
  • Under 18 years old and above school leaving age - £4.35 per hour
  • Apprentices under the age of 19 years old or aged 19 years old or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship - £3.90 per hour (this rate does not apply to Higher Level Apprenticeships)

Rates change in April every year.

Note - An employer must pay workers the rate they are entitled to for the hours of work that qualify. An employer cannot make an agreement with a worker to pay them less than the minimum rates.

Employer Responsibilities

An employer must know which rate applies to a worker, based on their entitlement at the start of each pay reference period. The rate that applies to a worker is the rate they are entitled to on the first day of the pay reference period.

Previous Annual Rates

The following table confirms rates applicable in the between 2010 – present:

YEAR 25 AND OVER 21 TO 24 18 TO 20 UNDER 18 APPRENTICE
2019 £8.21 £7.70 £6.15 £4.35 £3.90
2018 £7.83 £7.38 £5.90 £4.20 £3.70
2017 £7.50 £7.05 £5.60 £4.05 £3.50
2016 £7.20 £6.95 £5.55 £4.00 £3.40
2015 £6.70 £6.70 £5.30 £3.87 £3.30
2014 £6.50 £6.50 £5.13 £3.79 £2.73
2013 £6.31 £6.31 £5.03 £3.72 £2.68
2012 £6.19 £6.19 £4.98 £3.68 £2.65
2011 £6.08 £6.08 £4.98 £3.68 £2.60
2010 £5.93 £5.93 £4.92 £3.64 £2.50

Disclaimer: The above information does not constitute professional advice, only general information.