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

All 2018 Rates

  • 25 years old and over - £7.83 per hour
  • 21 to 24 years old - £7.38 per hour
  • 18 to 20 years old - £5.90 per hour
  • Under 18 years old and above school leaving age - £4.20 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 - £3.70 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 between 2010 – present:

YEAR

25 AND OVER

21 TO 24

18 TO 20

UNDER 18

APPRENTICE

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.