National Minimum Wage increases take effect

Released 01 April 2021

National Minimum Wage (NMW) and National Living Wage (NLW) increases take effect from 1 April 2021.

The rate rises include a 2.2% increase in the NLW to £8.91, the equivalent of more than £345 extra per year for someone working full-time. In addition, more younger people are now eligible for the NLW as the age threshold has been lowered from 25 to 23 years old.

In full, the increases from 1 April 2021 are:

National Living Wage (23+) has increased 2.2%, from £8.72 to £8.91

National Minimum Wage (21–22) has increased 2%, from £8.20 to £8.36

National Minimum Wage (18–20) has increased 1.7% from £6.45 to £6.56

National Minimum Wage (under 18) has increased 1.5% from £4.55 to £4.62

Apprentice Rate has increased 3.6% from £4.15 to £4.30

For further details, see the HMT press release (1 April 2021).

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