The rates for the National Living Wage (for those aged 23 and over) and the National Minimum Wage (for those of at least school leaving age)  will increase from 1 April 2021. The rates increase every April and the current and new rates are set out below.

Age 23 & over 21 to 22 18 to 20 Under 18 Apprentice
April 2021 (new rate) £8.91 £8.36 £6.56 £4.62 £4.30
April 2020 (current rate)  £8.72 £8.20 £6.45 £4.55 £4.15

A new rate will apply to the next pay reference period that begins on or after the date that:

  • a rate increase begins
  • an employee reaches a new age bracket.

For example: an employee paid on the 20th of each month will start to receive the new rate of minimum wage from 21 April onwards.

The new minimum wage will be automatically applied to all hourly employees in the next pay period after the rate increase begins. Please take care to ensure that all monthly and salaried employees meet the minimum wage requirement. For more details or any queries please contact our Payroll team