Changes to National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage

As of April 2019, there will be a rise in the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage. Here we will provide you with all of the information you need on the upcoming changes.

Who is eligible for National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage?

The hourly rate for the minimum wage depends on your age and whether you are an apprentice.

The National Minimum Wage (NMW) is the minimum hourly wage that a worker is entitled to in the United Kingdom. You must be at least school leaving age to get the National Minimum Wage.

To be entitled to the National Living Wage (NLW), you must be at least 25 years old. Apprentices are entitled to the apprentice rate if they are under 19 years old or aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship.

What changes are being made?

As of 1 April 2019, the rates of pay will be increased for workers both over and under the age of 25.

The new rates of pay, compared to last year’s National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage, are as follows:

25 and over (NLW)

  • 2018 - £7.83
  • 2019 - £8.21

21 to 24

  • 2018 - £7.38
  • 2019 - £7.70

18 to 20

  • 2018 - £5.90
  • 2019 - £6.15

Under 18

  • 2018 - £4.20
  • 2019 - £4.35


  • 2018 - £3.70
  • 2019 - £3.90

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