National Minimum Wage entitlement

What is the minimum wage

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By law, your employer must pay a minimum amount on average for the hours you work. This is called the:

  • National Living Wage (NLW) if you're aged 23 or over
  • National Minimum Wage (NMW) if you're aged under 23 or an apprentice

Current rates

Wage band Current rate (from 1 April 2022)

Age 23 or over (National Living Wage)

£9.50
Age 21 to 22 £9.18
Age 18 to 20 £6.83
Under 18 £4.81
Apprentice £4.81

The government reviews minimum wage rates every year and they're usually updated in April. See when rate increases must be paid.

Previous rates for 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022

Wage band Previous rate (1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022)
Age 23 or over (National Living Wage) £8.91
Age 21 to 22 £8.36
Age 18 to 20 £6.56
Under 18 £4.62
Apprentice £4.30

See more previous minimum wage rates on GOV.UK

Who gets the apprentice rate

You're entitled to the apprentice rate if you're an apprentice aged:

  • under 19
  • 19 or over, and in the first year of your current apprenticeship agreement

If you're 19 or over and have completed the first year of your current apprenticeship, you're entitled to the minimum wage for your age.

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