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Minimum wage rates for 2022

Read the Low Pay Commission's recommendations on the National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage rates from April 2022.

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This page contains the Low Pay Commission’s recommendations on the National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage rates which will apply from 1 April 2022. These recommendations have been accepted in full by the Government.

The NLW and NMW rates from 1 April 2022 are:

Rate from April 2022 Current rate (April 2021 to March 2022) Increase
National Living Wage £9.50 £8.91 6.6%
21-22 Year Old Rate £9.18 £8.36 9.8%
18-20 Year Old Rate £6.83 £6.56 4.1%
16-17 Year Old Rate £4.81 £4.62 4.1%
Apprentice Rate £4.81 £4.30 11.9%
Accommodation Offset £8.70 £8.36 4.1%

We are publishing our Chair’s recommendations letter to the Government and a summary of the evidence used in our decision-making. Our full 2021 report will be published later in the year, setting out in greater length the evidence we relied on in making this year’s recommendations.

Published 27 October 2021