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The minimum wage in 2018 - LPC analysis

This report contains the LPC's analysis of the expected effects of the 1 April 2018 minimum wage increases.

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The minimum wage in 2018 - LPC analysis

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Minimum wage coverage data 2018 forecast

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All the rates of the National Minimum Wage (NMW) will increase on 1 April, including the National Living Wage (NLW).

The report contains the Low Pay Commission’s analysis of the expected effects of these increases, including:

  • Their effect on workers’ pay
  • Coverage of the minimum wage overall, in different occupations, and around the UK.
  • What we heard from stakeholders about the likely effects.

We also report on the latest projections of the path of the NLW, which is now forecast to reach £8.62 in 2020, in line with its target (to reach 60% of median earnings in that year).

The attached data tables provide a breakdown of forecast minimum wage coverage by region, nation and local authority.

National Minimum Wage rates

Minimum Wage rate Current rate (hourly) Rate from 1 April 2018
National Living Wage £7.50 £7.83
21-24 Year Old Rate £7.05 £7.38
18-20 Year Old Rate £5.60 £5.90
16-17 Year Old Rate £4.05 £4.20
Apprentice Rate £3.50 £3.70
Accommodation offset £6.40 £7.00

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Published 29 March 2018